October 31, 2001
Director, Communications & Public Information
David McCullough Honored by Commissioners
BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was honored on Tuesday, October 30, 2001, at the United First Parish Church in Quincy for his advocacy and service to libraries throughout the Commonwealth.
The presentation to Mr. McCullough was part of the Wreath-Laying Ceremony on the 266th Birthday Anniversary of President John Adams for which Mr. McCullough was the keynote speaker. As an author and historian David McCullough's dedication to libraries is well known. His recent biography of John Adams, along with his other books on American history, has earned him the title of "Master of the Art of Narrative History." Mr. McCullough is a former trustee of the Boston Public Library and worked tirelessly on its ongoing restoration and renovation. In addition, he served as narrarator of the 30-minute video "Telling Our Stories: Massachusetts Public Libraries" that is part of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners' Public Awareness Campaign.
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.