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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 16, 2003
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
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.
New Salem Public Library
Haston Free Public Library
Flint Public Library
Mason Public Library
Amesbury Public Library
Needham Free Public Library
Oak Bluffs Public Library
Mattapoisett Free Public Library
Georgetown Peabody Library
Northborough Free Library
Montague Public Libraries/Carnegie Library
Seekonk Public Library
Harvard Public Library
Thayer Public Library
Framingham Public Library
Albert Sargent Memorial Library
Revere Public Library
Simon Fairfield Public Library
Charlton Public Library
Marstons Mills Public Library
Funds necessary to complete award to Wellesley on May 8, 2003.
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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