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NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

July 09, 2020 - MBLC Grants Support Local Library Initiatives

At its July 9, 2020 Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $454,305 in 40 grants to public, academic, and special libraries across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is funded through the Institute of Museum an...READ MORE

July 09, 2020 - MBLC Elects Officers for FY2021

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2021 at its Board Meeting on July 9, 2020. The Board voted Commissioner Mary Ann Cluggish as Board Chair. Commissioner Cluggish was appointed to the Board in 2011 and most recently reappointed in 2019. She s...READ MORE

July 08, 2020 - MBLC Funds Virtual Programming for Libraries

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $72,461 in 27 grants to public and school libraries across the Commonwealth through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding that was distributed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Contact Tracing and Libraries

By Maura Deedy, Library Advisory Specialist at the MBLC This post is intended to educate the library community, and is not and should not be interpreted as legal advice. We recommend specific questions should be addressed with a local Board of Health or local legal counsel. Librarians have been concerned with some of the sector … Continue reading Contact Tracing and Libraries

Libraries in the News

Libraries are needed more than ever. But many aren’t sure how to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic

Jazmine Adams-McNeal tried time and time again to explain to her young daughter why their weekly trips to the library stopped suddenly in March. It didn’t go over well. “It was a lot of meltdowns,” said Adams-McNeal, 31, of Ferguson, Missouri. She, her wife and their children – a 4-year-old girl and twin 2-year-old boys … Continue reading Libraries are needed more than ever. But many aren’t sure how to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic

In It Together 6/3/2020

For the rest of the week, we are exploring businesses that are set to re-open under the second phase of Governor Charlie Baker’s re-opening plan. Today, we looked at day cares and libraries. First, we spoke with the owner and president of Magical Beginnings, which has six child care locations on the North Shore. Linda … Continue reading In It Together 6/3/2020

Sequel to a lockdown: Libraries offer curbside book service as they move toward reopening their doors

When the Abington Public Library had to shutter its building March 13 due to COVID-19, the move came as a blow to its staff members. “Not being able to provide the town with the open and welcoming community center — which is what libraries are — is heartbreaking,” said Deborah Grimmett, the town’s library director. … Continue reading Sequel to a lockdown: Libraries offer curbside book service as they move toward reopening their doors