Press Release - NH ARPA Funding New Website


Dover Public Library

Dover Public Library to receive NH State Library ARPA grant funding

The Dover Public Library is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $22,370 in funding through the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ “Grants to States” program. The grant program is part of the American Rescue Act Plan of 2021 and is being facilitated by the N.H. State Library.

The Dover Public Library will use this grant award to do a complete redesign of their website and to also design a new logo.

In the grant application, the Dover Public Library, detailed that it would meet these needs by using grant funds to hire a firm to complete the redesign.  In the redesign the Library is looking to increase functionality and eliminate barriers to accessibility.  The redesigned site would be 508/ADA compliant and be mobile responsive.

“We are very excited to have our website redesigned.  Our current site is approximately 9 years old and no longer meets the needs of our users.  We would like to update the look and feel of the website, as well as greatly improve the user experience” said Dover Public Library Director Denise LaFrance.   “We are very fortunate to have received this grant that will allow us to better serve the members of our community.” 
Denise LaFrance, Dover Public Library Director

“New Hampshire’s strong relationship with its public libraries was made even more evident during the past two years, when librarians and their staffs were able to adjust services nimbly in order to continue to meet the needs of their communities,” said N.H. State Librarian Michael York. “The innovative programs funded by these grants will continue to strengthen not only public library services, but also the communities in which the libraries reside.”

“As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities.”

The Dover Public Library’s goal is to have the new website up and running by July of 2022.

Part of the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the N.H. State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.



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