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Web Site: News Release Back to News Releases Print News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2002 CONTACT: David L. Gray Director, Communications & Public Information 1-800-952-7403, x208 Construction Grants Awarded to 18 Massachusetts Libraries BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has awarded 18 Projects for General Construction Grants totaling $36,499,449 to 18 public libraries across the Commonwealth from the 2000-2001 Grant Round. Funding for these projects was authorized by Governor Jane Swift and the Legislature in August in an omnibus bond bill (S2271) that allowed for the expenditure of up to $75 million for public library construction. 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 Award Amount Ashby Ashby Free Public Library $1,404,117 Ashland Ashland Public Library $2,020,277 Berlin Berlin Public Library $964,291 Boylston Boylston Public Library $1,646,139 Canton Canton Public Library $2,585,569 Dracut Moses Greeley Parker Memorial Library $2,490,245 Lakeville Lakeville Public Library $1,692,489 Leominster Leominster Public Library $3,021,441 Lunenburg Ritter Memorial Library $1,782,563 Maynard Maynard Public Library $2,098,004 Mendon-Upton Upton Town Library, Taft Public Library $4,763,010 Merrimac Merrimac Public Library $1,673,741 Norfolk Norfolk Public Library $2,048,218 North Adams North Adams Public Library $1,691,370 Orange Wheeler Memorial Library $1,720,653 Rochester Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library $1,724,914 Rutland Rutland Free Public Library $200,000 Watertown Watertown Free Public Library $2,972,408 $36,449,449 In addition, the Board also approved an updated waiting list for receipt of General Construction Grants totaling $41,431,967 to the following 22 public libraries to be awarded a grant in the order listed as future funding becomes available. The projects are listed in ranked order. Rank Municipality Library Amount 1 Wellesley Wellesley Free Library $3,182,773 2 New Salem New Salem Public Library $286,530 3 North Brookfield Haston Free Public Library $1,257,173 4 Middleton Flint Public Library $2,390,053 5 Great Barrington Mason Public Library $1,407,052 6 Amesbury Amesbury Public Library $2,494,352 7 Needham Needham Free Public Library $3,043,503 8 Oak Bluffs Oak Bluffs Public Library $1,590,646 9 Mattapoisett Mattapoisett Free Public Library $1,575,662 10 Georgetown Georgetown Peabody Library $1,644,694 11 Northborough Northborough Free Library $2,171,949 12 Montague Montague Public Libraries/Carnegie Library $1,810,018 13 Seekonk Seekonk Public Library $3,031,130 14 Harvard Harvard Public Library $2,492,232 15 Braintree Thayer Public Library $200,000 16 Framingham Framingham Public Library $1,654,493 17 Boxborough Albert Sargent Memorial Library $1,588,634 18 Revere Revere Public Library $2,581,232 19 Douglas Simon Fairfield Public Library $1,778,970 20 Charlton Charlton Public Library $2,413,314 21 Barnstable Marstons Mills Public Library $1,733,557 22 Northampton Lilly Library $1,104,000 $41,431,967 Further information about the Construction Grants can be found on the Board's Web site. 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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