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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 6, 2006
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Construction Waiting List Expanded

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has completed the 2004-2006 Public Library Construction Grant Round and added nine more projects to its Waiting List. Projects added, in alphabetical order, were: Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon for $2,878,734; Boston Public Library Mattapan Branch for $4,541,658; Boyden Library in Foxborough for $3,010,092; Dighton Public Library for $2,036,139; Granby Free Public Library for $859,550; Hull Public Library for $2,443,200; Richards Memorial Library in North Attleborough for $4,231,620; Walpole Public Library for $3,387,986, and the Young Men's Library Association in Ware for $2,494,311.

Following the Board's establishment of the current Waiting List in July 2005, these projects were granted the opportunity to revise their applications and reapply by January 2006, which they did. After consideration and discussion by review panels, final review for eligibility and eligible project costs, and application of an economic hardship factor, the nine projects above were approved.

These projects include five new buildings and four additions/renovations that include a significant reorganization of functional space. They were reviewed based on the following evaluative criteria as stated in the regulations (605 CMR 6.08 (6)), application and review sheet: General Overview, Project Information, Needs Assessment, Planning Process, Building Program and Its Relation to Project, Project Design, Financial, Site and Exterior Design, Library Services (Adult, Children, Staff Member, and Custodian), and Overall Assessment. These awards take into account the ranking of projects by outside reviewers, the distribution of projects by community size, and a measure of economic hardship based on an equalized valuation (EQV) per capita factor.

In a separate vote, the City of Cambridge also received the remainder of its Construction Grant, and has moved off the Waiting List. The revised Waiting List is as follows in ranked order.

Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program Waiting List as of April 6, 2006

Rank Municipality Library Amount
1 Heath Heath Public Library $1,184,568
2 Dalton Dalton Free Public Library $2,690,945
3 Dudley Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library $2,314,574
4 Mashpee Mashpee Public Library $2,551,775
5 Auburn Auburn Public Library $3,642,454
6 Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Free Public Library $3,447,211
7 Falmouth Falmouth Public Library $2,671,086
8 Westhampton Westhampton Public Library $926,151
9 Millis Millis Public Library $2,425,712
10 Norwell Norwell Public Library $2,694,676
11 Belchertown Clapp Memorial Library $2,910,926
12 Belmont Belmont Public Library $4,629,186
13 Holyoke Holyoke Public Library $3,797,908
14 Buckland Buckland Public Library $460,520
15 Upton Upton Town Library $2,395,993
16 Boxford Boxford Town Library $2,421,080
17 Holbrook Holbrook Public Library $1,709,231
18 Bourne Jonathan Bourne Public Library $2,480,610
19 Gloucester Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library $3,956,355
20 Edgartown Edgartown Free Public Library $3,994,397
21 Westwood Westwood Public Library $3,216,460
22 Woburn Woburn Public Library $4,152,806
23 Dartmouth* Dartmouth Public Libraries (Branch) $2,375,919
24 Everett* Shute Memorial Library (Branch) $1,372,274
25 Dighton Dighton Public Library $2,036,139
26 Hull Hull Public Library $2,443,200
27 Ware Young Men's Library Association $2,494,311
28 Walpole Walpole Public Library $3,387,986
29 Winchendon Beals Memorial Library $2,878,734
30 North Attleborough Richards Memorial Library $4,231,620
31 Granby Granby Free Public Library $ 859,550
32 Foxborough Boyden Library $3,010,092
33 Boston - Mattapan* Boston Public Library - Mattapan (Branch) $4,541,658
Total     $90,306,107
Numbers 1-24 placed on Waiting List by vote on July 7, 2005, and Numbers 25-33 by a vote on April 6, 2006.
*Branch libraries have lower priority within rounds.

Further information about the Construction Grants can be found at www.mass.gov/mblc/grants/construction/index.php.

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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