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Web Site: News Release Back to News Releases Print News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2001 CONTACT: David L. Gray Director, Communications & Public Information 1-800-952-7403, x208 Construction Grants Awarded to 10 Massachusetts Libraries BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has awarded 10 Projects for General Construction Grants totaling $16,689,593 to 10 public libraries across the Commonwealth for the 2000-2001 Grant Round. A General Project may be either a project to construct a new facility, an addition/renovation to an existing building that may or may not add space but does involve a significant reorganization of functional space, or a joint library project that will involve construction of a facility by two or more municipalities. Applications were reviewed based on the following evaluative criteria as stated in the regulations (605 CMR 6.08 (6)), application and review sheet: General Overview, Project Information, Needs Assessment, Planning Process, Building Program and Its Relation to Project, Project Design, Financial, Site and Exterior Design, Library Services (Adult, Children, Staff Member, and Custodian), and Overall Assessment. These awards take into account the ranking of projects by outside reviewers, the distribution of projects by community size, and a measure of economic hardship based on an equalized valuation (EQV) per capita factor. The projects are listed in alphabetical order. Municipality Library Award Acushnet Russell Memorial Library $1,694,590 Blackstone Blackstone Public Library $1,918,676 Chicopee Chicopee Public Library $2,779,341 Chilmark Chilmark Public Library $1,101,880 Gardner Levi Heyward Memorial Library $2,586,043 Leverett Bradford M. Field Memorial Library $694,647 Palmer Palmer Public Library $1,663,800 Provincetown Provincetown Public Library $1,878,456 Rowley Rowley Public Library $1,292,888 Sunderland Graves Memorial Library $1,079,272 Total $16,689,593 In addition, the Board also approved a waiting list for receipt of General Construction Grants totaling $70,223,595 to the following 36 public libraries to be awarded a grant in the order listed as funding becomes available. The projects are listed in rank order. Rank Municipality Library Amount 1 Cohasset Paul Pratt Memorial Library $1,529,552 2 Lunenburg Ritter Memorial Library $1,782,563 3 Norfolk Norfolk Public Library $2,048,218 4 Uxbridge Uxbridge Free Public Library $1,962,334 5 Canton Canton Public Library $2,585,569 6 Watertown Watertown Free Public Library $2,972,408 7 Berlin Berlin Public Library $964,291 8 Rochester Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library $1,724,914 9 Merrimac Merrimac Public Library $1,673,741 10 Lakeville Lakeville Public Library $1,692,489 11 Mendon-Upton Upton Town Library, Taft Public Library $4,763,010 12 North Adams North Adams Public Library $1,691,370 13 Dracut Moses Greeley Parker Memorial Library $2,490,245 14 Leominster Leominster Public Library $3,021,441 15 Ashby Ashby Free Public Library $1,404,117 16 Boylston Boylston Public Library $1,646,139 17 Rutland Rutland Free Public Library $200,000 18 Orange Wheeler Memorial Library $1,720,653 19 Maynard Maynard Public Library $2,098,004 20 Ashland Ashland Public Library $2,020,277 21 Wellesley Wellesley Free Library $3,182,773 22 New Salem New Salem Public Library $286,530 23 North Brookfield Haston Free Public Library $1,257,173 24 Middleton Flint Public Library $2,390,053 25 Great Barrington Mason Public Library $1,407,052 26 Amesbury Amesbury Public Library $2,494,352 27 Needham Needham Free Public Library $3,043,503 28 Oak Bluffs Oak Bluffs Public Library $1,590,646 29 Mattapoisett Mattapoisett Free Public Library $1,575,662 30 Georgetown Georgetown Peabody Library $1,644,694 31 Northborough Northborough Free Library $2,171,949 32 Montague Montague Public Libraries / Carnegie Library $1,810,018 33 Seekonk Seekonk Public Library $3,031,130 34 Harvard Harvard Public Library $2,492,232 35 Braintree Thayer Public Library $200,000 36 Framingham Framingham Public Library, McAuliffe Branch $1,654,493 Total $70,223,595   The Board of Library Commissioners ( is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases. Back to News Releases
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