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Web Site: News Release Back to News Releases Print News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2005 CONTACT: David L. Gray Director, Communications & Public Information 1-800-952-7403, x208 41 Communities Apply for Library Construction Funding BOSTON - Forty-one municipalities filed Applications for New Construction, Addition/Renovation or Renovation Projects by the February 9, 2005 deadline for the 2004-2005 Massachusetts Public Library Construction Grant Round. These Applications will now be evaluated for their completeness, and then reviewed and ranked by independent non-Agency reviewers who are not associated with the projects under consideration, as well as by staff of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Board will announce the projects recommended for funding that will receive a provisional grant award (pending confirmation of local funding) or placement on a waiting list for future funding at its Board Meeting on Thursday, July 7, 2005. Funding for a construction/renovation project is based on its eligible costs, which can include purchase of land not already owned by the town or its school district, consulting, architectural and engineering fees, actual construction costs and costs of fixed equipment. Landscaping, parking lots and furnishings are not eligible for funding. The state share is awarded on a sliding scale and ranges from approximately 35 percent of a larger project to 60 percent of a project under $1.2 million. Municipalities and their libraries that applied were: Municipality Library Acushnet Russell Memorial Libray Auburn Auburn Public Library Belchertown Clapp Memorial Library Belmont Belmont Public Library Bolton Bolton Public Library Boston Boston Public Library - Mattapan Branch Bourne Jonathan Bourne Public Library Boxford Boxford Town Libraries Buckland Buckland Public Library Cambridge Cambridge Public Library Dalton Dalton Free Public Library Dartmouth Dartmouth Public Libraries Dighton Dighton Public Library Dudley Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library Edgartown Edgartown Free Public Library Everett Shute Memorial Library (Branch) Falmouth Falmouth Public Library Foxborough Boyden Library Gloucester Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library Granby Granby Public Library Heath Heath Free Public Library Holbrook Holbrook Public Library Holyoke Holyoke Public Library Hull Hull Public Library Mashpee Mashpee Public Library Millis Millis Public Library Milton Milton Public Library North Attleborough Richards Memorial Library Norwell Norwell Public Library Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Public Library Upton Upton Town Library Wales Wales Public Library Walpole Walpole Public Library Ware Young Men's Library Association Wendell Wendell Free Library Westhampton Westhampton Memorial Library Westwood Westwood Public Library Wilbraham Wilbraham Public Library Wilmington Wilmington Memorial Library Winchendon Beals Memorial Library Woburn Woburn Public Library 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. Back to News Releases
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