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

News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 7, 2002
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Six Massachusetts Libraries Placed on Construction Waiting List

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has placed six additional projects for General Construction Grants totaling $11,199,707 to the existing waiting list 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 numerical order.

No.

Municipality

Library

Award

36

Boxborough

Sargent Memorial Library

$1,588,634

37

Revere

Revere Public Library

$2,581,232

38

Douglas

Simon Fairfield Public Library

$1,778,970

39

Charlton

Charlton Public Library

$2,413,314

40

Barnstable

Marstons Mills Public Library

$1,733,557

41

Northampton

Lilly Library

$1,104,000



Total

$11,199,707

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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