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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 23, 2002
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Team Up with WBMX "MIX" 98.5 FM Radio for Teen Read Week

Check Out and Tune In with Mix @ Your Library Event Part of Teen Read Week Activities at Swampscott Library

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) recently sponsored a teen library event at the Swampscott Public Library on Thursday, October 17th. As part of national Teen Read Week, the event, Check Out and Tune In with Mix @ Your Library, featured Mix deejay Erin O'Malley, and an array of games, prizes and refreshments.

"We thank the Swampscott Library and Mix radio for taking part in this event," said MBLC Director Robert Maier. "Through their efforts, we were able to once again demonstrate to teens the importance and enjoyment of reading and the library."

This event was part of the MBLC's continuing public awareness campaign that included television advertising this fall and a partnership with Mix radio. Last spring, the agency sponsored a statewide poster contest open to students in grades seven through 12, asking them to portray in a poster design, "What my library means to me." More than 300 entries were received and the five regional winners' poster designs were made into local newspaper advertisements and the grand prizewinner's design was turned into a billboard that was displayed throughout the state.

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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