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

News Release



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

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 (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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