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January 5, 2005
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208

January Board Meeting Postponed Due to Weather

BOSTON: The January 6, 2005, Board Meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, originally scheduled to be held at 10 am tomorrow at the Newton Free Library, has been postponed due to a forecast of snow, sleet or freezing rain.

The Board Meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 13, 2005, at 10 am at the Board's offices at 648 Beacon Street, 5th Floor, Boston. All action items, including approval of Grant Awards for Planning and Design under the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, the Review and Presentations of Petitions for Waivers of the MAR for the FY2005 State Aid to Public Libraries Grant Round, and approval of FY2005 Virtual Catalog New Member Grant Awards, among others, will take place at the meeting on the 13th. All board meetings are open to the public and allow for public comment.

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.

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