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February 22, 2006
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208

Notice of Public Hearing

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A, notice is hereby given that the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will hold a public hearing relative to amending regulation 605 CMR 6.00 Sections 6.08 (9)(b). The proposed amendment modifies the formula for Planning and Design grants in the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. The amendment is intended to increase the state share to a level of 2/3 of eligible costs, up to a maximum award of $40,000, with a local 1/3 match of up to $20,000.

A hearing will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 10:00 A.M. in the Pioppi Room of the Jacob Edwards Library in Southbridge, Massachusetts. Persons planning to give oral testimony at the hearing are urged to provide a written summary. Written statements may be submitted prior to the hearings, during the hearing period or up until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 by mail, e-mail or fax to the above address:

Robert C. Maier
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
98 North Washington Street, Suite 401
Boston, MA 02114-1933
617-725-1860 800-952-7403
FAX 617-725-0140

Copies of the proposed amended regulations are available by contacting Rachel Devin, Administrative Coordinator, at the above address. Telephone: 800-952-7403.

By order of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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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