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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 3, 2006
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Heath, Dalton & Dudley Receive Construction Awards
Waiting List Moves Up

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has awarded $5,604,666 in Provisional Awards from the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program to the Dalton Free Public Library, Heath Free Public Library and the Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library in Dudley from the 2004-2005 Grant Round.

Projects may be either to construct a new facility or an addition/renovation to an existing building that may or may not add space but does involve a significant reorganization of functional space.

Applications 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.

Funds sufficient to fund the entire first two grants, as well as a substantial portion of the third grant, have been scheduled in the Capital Budget of the Commonwealth for FY2007 and beyond. The Board has agreed that the municipalities receiving these grants have until July 12, 2007, to achieve local funding of their projects and execute a contract with the Board.

The awards are:

Municipality

Library

Award

Heath

Heath Free Public Library

$1,184,568

Dalton

Dalton Free Public Library

$2,690,945

Dudley*

Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library

$1,729,153

* This is a partial award. Dudley is also now #1 on the Waiting List for an additional $585,421.

With the awarding of these grants, municipalities on the Waiting List moved up and now constitute an additional 31 communities that total $84,701,441. Funding for these projects is pending the passage of a new Bond Authorization. (Note that the Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library in Dudley has been granted a split award totaling $2,314,574 putting it on both the Grant Award List and the Waiting List.)

Massachusetts Public Library Construction Waiting List as of November 2, 2006

Rank

Municipality

Library

Award

1.

Dudley*

Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library

$585,421

2.

Mashpee

Mashpee Public Library

$2,551,775

3.

Auburn

Auburn Public Library

$3,642,454

4.

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Free Public Library

$3,447,211

5.

Falmouth

Falmouth Public Library

$2,671,086

6.

Westhampton

Westhampton Memorial Library

$926,151

7.

Millis

Millis Public Library

$2,425,712

8.

Norwell

Norwell Public Library

$2,694,676

9.

Belchertown

Clapp Memorial Library

$2,910,926

10.

Belmont

Belmont Public Library

$4,629,186

11.

Holyoke

Holyoke Public Library

$1,709,231

12.

Buckland

Buckland Public Library

$460,520

13.

Upton

Upton Town Library

$2,395,993

14.

Boxford

Boxford Town Library

$2,421,080

15.

Holbrook

Holbrook Public Library

$1,709,231

16.

Bourne

Jonathan Bourne Public Library

$2,480,610

17.

Gloucester

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library

$3,956,355

18.

Edgartown

Edgartown Free Public Library

$3,994,397

19.

Westwood

Westwood Public Library

$3,216,460

20.

Woburn

Woburn Public Library

$4,152,806

21.

Dartmouth**

Dartmouth Public Libraries (Branch)

$2,375,919

22.

Everett**

Shute Memorial Library (Branch)

$1,372,274

23.

Dighton

Dighton Public Library

$2,036,139

24.

Hull

Hull Public Library

$2,443,200

25.

Ware

Young Men's Library Association

$2,494,311

26.

Walpole

Walpole Public Library

$3,387,986

27.

Winchendon

Beals Memorial Library

$2,878,734

28.

North Attleborough

Richards Memorial Library

$4,231,620

29.

Granby

Granby Free Public Library

$859,550

30.

Foxborough

Boyden Library

$3,010,092

31.

Boston - Mattapan**

Boston Public Library-Mattapan (Branch)

$4,541,658

Total

$84,701,441

Numbers 1-22 placed on Waiting List by a Board of Library Commissioners' vote, July 7, 2005; Numbers 23-31 by a Board vote on April 6, 2006. *Dudley also received a partial award of $1,729,153 on November 2, 2006. **Branch libraries have lower priority within rounds.

Further information about the Construction Grants can be found at Public Library Construction.

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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