News Releases 2019

July 22, 2019 - The MBLC Welcomes Commissioner Stacy DeBole

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to welcome Stacy DeBole of Swampscott, who has been appointed by Governor Charles D. Baker to serve on the nine-member board....

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July 11, 2019 - Federal Grants Help Libraries Serve Community

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $318,224 in 29 grants to public and school libraries across the Commonwealth through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at their July 11, 2019 board meeting. LSTA grants are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services....

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July 11, 2019 - MBLC Awards more than $13 million for Library Construction

At its July 11, 2019 board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded provisional construction grants to the Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton in the amount of $5,844,747 and to the Sharon Public Library in the amount of $7,485,943 through its Massachusetts Public Library Construction Progr...

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July 02, 2019 - Construction Bond and Annual Cap Fall Short

The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) is set to receive $100 million in a new bond bill (H3687), falling short of the $250 million requested by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) to support the program. The MBLC also requested that the annual capital budget, the amount of fu...

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July 01, 2019 - New Library is Celebrated in Leicester

On Sunday, June 23, 2019 Leicester residents and local officials celebrated the opening of its newly restored and renovated public library. The $8.9 million project was funded in part through a $4.2 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP)....

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June 07, 2019 - Summer Reading Fun with the Boston Bruins

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is teaming up with the Boston Bruins for the annual “When You Read, You Score!” summer library program. This summer marks the tenth anniversary of the partnership that encourages children and teens to read over the summer months in order to retain and ...

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June 06, 2019 - Senate Increases Library Funding in its Budget

On May 23, 2019, the Massachusetts State Senate passed its version of the FY2020 budget. Six of the seven line items overseen by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) received the amount requested in the FY2020 Legislative Agenda. This budget amounts to a significant increase for libraries and would h...

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May 01, 2019 - Massachusetts House Approves Budget with Increases for Libraries

On Thursday, April 23, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved $42.7 billion in spending for FY2020. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) received a total increase of $2,195,546 in its budget over FY2019, for a total funding amount of $29,424,435. Three of the Board’s line items had...

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April 26, 2019 - Groundbreaking Celebration in Weymouth

On March 27, 2019 residents of Weymouth gathered with local and state officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Tufts Library. “It’s clear that Weymouth cares about education for the entire community,” said Les Ball, Commissioner from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)....

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April 10, 2019 - Erving Breaks Ground on New Library Project

On Friday, March 29, a large crowd gathered at the future site of the Erving Public Library to celebrate its groundbreaking. The $4,933,007 project is funded in part by a $2,720,146 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) grant....

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April 08, 2019 - Grafton Receives Partial Construction Award

Grafton Public Library was awarded a partial Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) provisional grant totaling $460,000 at the April 4, 2019 meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). ...

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April 01, 2019 - MBLC and JFK Library Team up to go Nationwide with Summer Partnership

"We go into space because whatever mankind must undertake, free men must fully share...I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."  --President John F. Kennedy, "Special Message to the Congre...

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March 28, 2019 - Libraries Go Above and Beyond for the PJ Drive

Massachusetts libraries teamed up with the Boston Bruins and collected pajamas during February and March as part of the annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive. 2019 marked the 12th year of the drive that benefits the Department of Children and Families Wonderfund and Cradles to Crayons....

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March 25, 2019 - Woburn Opens Spectacular New Library

On Saturday, March 16, 2019 the renovated and expanded Woburn Public Library opened to a crowd of nearly 3,000 residents. “This is the largest gathering I’ve ever seen at an opening,” said Lauren Stara, Library Building Consultant at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) which awarde...

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March 12, 2019 - The MBLC Welcomes Philip Madell

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to welcome Philip H. Madell of Topsfield, who has been appointed by Governor Baker to serve on the nine-member board. The MBLC is responsible for library services across the Commonwealth including the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, f...

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March 04, 2019 - MBLC Trustee Institute coming in April

Among the many roles and responsibilities of public library trustees, advocacy continues to be one of the most challenging. Knowing how, what and where to advocate for your library is a skill that all trustees need to master. To help trustees build their advocacy skills the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners ...

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February 19, 2019 - Governor Reappoints Commissioner Mary Ann Cluggish to Five Year Term

Commissioner and former board Chair Mary Ann Cluggish has been reappointed by Governor Charlie Baker to a five-year term on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)....

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February 07, 2019 - Millville Loses State Aid Certification

At its February board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) denied the town of Millville a waiver of the FY2019 Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MAR). The MAR is funding from the municipality to support the public  library as required in statute....

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January 31, 2019 - Libraries Help Collect Pajamas for Children in Need

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) continues its partnership with the Boston Bruins for the 12th Annual PJ Drive to benefit DCF Wonderfund and Cradles to Crayons. The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs from February 1, 2019 through March 15, 2019. Libraries across the Commonwealth will be collecting new p...

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January 28, 2019 - Support for Summer Grants Awarded

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the first Support for Summer grants totaling $50,000 to 54 public libraries. Research shows that summer learning helps close the achievement gap between lower-income students and their middle-and upper-income peers and is a...

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January 24, 2019 - Governor Baker Announces FY2020 Budget Recommendation

On January 23, 2019, Governor Baker released his budget proposal for FY2020. It includes a 3% increase for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners  administrative line (7000-9101),  a net 1% increase in funding for State Aid to Public Libraries (7000-9501), level funding for the Massachusetts Center ...

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January 04, 2019 - 327 Receive State Aid Awards; 17 Request Waivers

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners certified twenty-two additional municipalities meeting all FY2019 requirements for the State Aid to Public Libraries Program.  In total, 327 libraries have met all state aid requirements and have been awarded $4,247,669.12 in state fund...

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