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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 26, 2004
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Board Honors Literacy Champion

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has awarded a Commendation to Bettina Blood, Program Director of the Literacy Volunteers of America at Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood.

In her 20 years with the program, Blood has trained hundreds of volunteers who have been paired with adult learners including individuals for whom English is not their first language, as well as native speakers of English, who need to increase their reading levels. "Last year, more than 180 students participated in the program, with volunteers providing over 6,000 hours of free instruction," says Blood. "Having the program at the library makes all those in need feel welcome. It's an open place where we can help parents with literacy problems learn how to read to their children," she continued.

In making the presentation last week, Commissioner Elia Marnik from the Board, said, "It gives me great pleasure to be able to recognize the outstanding career contributions of Tina to literacy in the Commonwealth. So many times librarians are not recognized for the work that they do in meeting and working with not only children, but adults with their literacy skills."

For more information on the Literacy Program at the Morrill Memorial Library, call 781-769-4599.

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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