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Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

January 27, 2020 - Governor Releases FY2021 Budget Recommendation

On January 22, 2020, Governor Baker released his budget proposal for FY2021. It includes a $233,779 increase for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners administrative line (7000-9101); a 1% increase in funding for State Aid to Regional Libraries (7000-9401), State Aid to Public ...READ MORE

January 09, 2020 - MBLC Funds Summer Learning

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved $20,000 for Summer Learning Grants.  The Summer Learning Grant program, which is in its second year, aims to provide support to libraries during the busy summer months. “These grants allow libr...READ MORE

December 30, 2019 - New Library Research Databases

Residents across the Commonwealth now have access to five new research databases with topics ranging from genealogy and career transitions to science. These new databases are an addition to over 20 extensive statewide research databases that include the Boston Globe back to 1980, The New York Times...READ MORE

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From the MBLC Blog

Looking Ahead to 2020

By Rob Favini, Head of Library Advisory and Development at the MBLC One of the most interesting parts of my job involves providing outreach and advisory services to librarians, directors, trustees and friends groups. It is a unique perspective that affords me a front row seat to what’s happening in libraries across the Commonwealth. With … Continue reading Looking Ahead to 2020

Libraries in the News

Question 1 passes: Greenfield to get new library

The city will get a new library now that the ballot question passed. The $19.5 million library was approved by a vote of 3,294 to 2,108 Tuesday. Ed Berlin stood reading the tickets taped to the wall across from the Greenfield High School gym. Berlin saw that he won by precinct in the seven of … Continue reading Question 1 passes: Greenfield to get new library

Medford celebrates end of Medford Public Library building

The old Medford Public Library building will be coming down this fall, and Medford residents, city officials and library employees were able to celebrate and reflect on the building this past weekend. On Saturday, the city held a party at the old library building at 111 High St. in Medford from 3 p.m. to 5 … Continue reading Medford celebrates end of Medford Public Library building

Orange libraries to showcase community bookmarks next month

Pick up a bookmark at one of Orange’s libraries next month, and they might have some familiar faces on them. Local firemen, dance students, a coach and library fans are just a few of the people pictured on a series of bookmarks the Orange public libraries have been creating this year. In a project funded … Continue reading Orange libraries to showcase community bookmarks next month