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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Web Site: mass.gov/mblc

News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 7, 2001
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

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 (mass.gov/mblc) 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.

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