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    $4.5 million in state aid awarded so far

NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

April 02, 2020 - MBLC Approves Preservation Assessment Grants

At its March board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved four LSTA Preservation Assessment Grants. These grants fund an outside consultant to conduct institutional preservation assessments that include a site visit and the delivery of a written report. “Pre...READ MORE

April 02, 2020 - MBLC Creates “We’re in this Together” Digital Library

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has created the “We’re in this Together” digital library on the agency’s public portal, mass.gov/libraries. It gives residents easy access to “free-for-now” resources as well as library resources that are always fr...READ MORE

March 26, 2020 - Scholarships to attend small libraries conference

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and Massachusetts Library System (MLS) are pleased to announce funding for up to six Massachusetts public librarians to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference in Wichita, Kansas, September 30-October 3, 2...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Baseball Season Starts Now with your Library

Major League Baseball was set to open its season today, but it has been delayed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Even though the players won’t be taking the field, you can still get your baseball fix today through your Massachusetts library!  The Digital Commonwealth has an extensive collection of historic baseball photos taken … Continue reading Baseball Season Starts Now with your Library

Libraries in the News

Covid-19’s Impact on Libraries Goes Beyond Books

For Jennifer Pearson, the choice was difficult but clear: Shut down the library, or people could die. “My library was filled with older people,” Pearson says. “I just wanted to go out and scream, ‘Go home. What are you doing here?’ I knew that if we didn’t make that move to close the building, they … Continue reading Covid-19’s Impact on Libraries Goes Beyond Books

Take virtual tours of Boston-area cultural institutions from home

Residents of the Boston area are spending a lot more time at home due to the novel coronavirus pandemic that has led to not only limits on how many people can gather at one time and where but to the closure of myriad cultural institutions But many of these same institutions—museums, parks, performing arts centers, … Continue reading Take virtual tours of Boston-area cultural institutions from home

Kid Lit Authors Step Up To Help Educators, Students, and Parents

As educators, parents, and students enter this unknown territory of school closures and remote learning, kid lit authors and illustrators have been stepping up to help. Many are parents themselves and juggling the same school/work balance amid the stress and uncertainty. “Gina and I are transitioning to homeschooling,” tweeted Jarrett J. Krosoczka, creator of the … Continue reading Kid Lit Authors Step Up To Help Educators, Students, and Parents