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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 4, 2004
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Comeau Appointed to the Board

BOSTON - George T. Comeau, Esq., of Canton has been appointed by Governor Mitt Romney to a three-year term on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

"Libraries create a link between our history and the communities of today," said Comeau. "And I am honored to have been appointed by Governor Romney to the Board, and look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners and the Board's staff." A lifelong resident of Canton, Comeau credits his success in life to a strong public education including the public library. "I believe that the cornerstone of education is free and open access to information, the public library provides just that, and it is my continuing goal to insure that cities and towns across the Commonwealth have continued free and open access to information and library services."

Comeau is also no stranger to the library services offered to the blind through the Board, "my grandmother has been blind most of her adult life, and the Talking Book Program is an essential service that has provided her with hours of pleasure through books and magazines on tape."

He was also an instrumental member of the team that oversaw the construction of the new Canton Public Library that received a grant for more than $2 million from the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program.

Commissioner Comeau is an administrator and an adjunct professor at Suffolk University and also maintains a private law practice in Canton. He currently is a Trustee of the Canton Public Library and Chairman of the Building Committee that managed a $10.5 million expansion project. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Advisory Board, the Chairman of the advisory board of the Massachusetts Audubon Society Visual Arts Center, a member of the MassAudubon Council and Canton Historical Commission, and the President of the Friends of the Little Red House, Inc., in Canton. He has both a BS and a MPA from Suffolk University, as well as his JD from Suffolk University Law School.

He lives in Canton with his wife, Patricia McDermott.

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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