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Web Site: News Release Back to News Releases Print News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2003 CONTACT: David L. Gray Director, Communications & Public Information 1-800-952-7403, x208 Construction Grant Awarded to Wellesley BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has awarded a General Construction Grant totaling $3,182,773 to the Town of Wellesley for the Wellesley Free Library from 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. As a result of this award, the waiting list for receipt of General Construction Grants has been updated and now totals $40,704,860 for 21 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. New Salem New Salem Public Library $286,530 2. North Brookfield Haston Free Public Library $1,257,173 3. Middleton Flint Public Library $2,390,053 4. Great Barrington Mason Public Library $1,407,052 5. Amesbury Amesbury Public Library $2,494,352 6. Needham Needham Free Public Library $3,043,503 7. Oak Bluffs Oak Bluffs Public Library $1,590,646 8. Mattapoisett Mattapoisett Free Public Library $1,575,662 9. Georgetown Georgetown Peabody Library $1,644,694 10. Northborough Northborough Free Library $2,171,949 11. Montague Montague Public Libraries/Carnegie Library $1,810,018 12. Seekonk Seekonk Public Library $3,031,130 13. Harvard Harvard Public Library $2,492,232 14. Braintree Thayer Public Library $200,000 15. Framingham Framingham Public Library $1,654,493 16. Boxborough Albert Sargent Memorial Library $1,588,634 17. Revere Revere Public Library $2,581,232 18. Douglas Simon Fairfield Public Library $1,778,970 19. Charlton Charlton Public Library $2,413,314 20. Barnstable Marstons Mills Public Library $1,733,557 21. Northampton Lilly Library $1,104,000 Funds necessary to complete award to Wellesley on May 8, 2003. $2,455,666 Total $40,704,860 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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