News Release

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

News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 16, 2003
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

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 (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.

Back to News Releases

This Web site, and other programs of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, is funded in part with funds from the
Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning.
Page last updated on 09/11/2007