By now you have probably read the AllRegions and PubDir posting about the early bird information sessions, for the upcoming 2016-2017 Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) construction grant round. These sessions will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Walpole Public Library on April 22 and the Athol Public Library on April 23. We invite public library directors and two or three key members of their team to attend. Registration is necessary. When you register, tell us how many and who will be attending.
We are also planning to create an online webinar version, so if you can’t make these two dates, don’t despair. Contact us if you’d like to be notified when the webinar is available.
We are calling these early bird information sessions because we know that there are public directors that will miss out on applying for a construction grant in the next grant round unless they start to prepare now. If this is you, then we want you to know as-soon-as-possible the steps for the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program’s (MPLCP) process for planning and designing a major facility’s improvement project. This information is important to help prepare you to submit a construction grant application in the next round, which we anticipate will be announced in 2016 with applications probably due in January 2017.
Now, you may be one of our over thirty library directors who are already engaged in the planning and design process. You are probably in the thick of finishing up your building program, hiring an owner’s project manager, or even may be out to bid for your architect. If so, you are right on track with finishing up the process by next spring/summer. You should feel okay about skipping this information session or, if you are on the fence about attending, simply logging into the webinar.
So, what can you expect to find out at the upcoming information sessions and webinar? At these informal meetings you will learn about the MPLCP planning and design process and resulting construction grant submittals, the tentative grant calendar, and the current regulations governing the grant program. There should be plenty of time for us to answer your questions, too. You will hear it all again next year should you attend. Next year’s information sessions will cover the same territory as we go over the construction grant round’s confirmed 2016-17 calendar, revised program regulations, and submittal requirements.
This post was written by Rosemary Waltos on April 9, 2015