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June 7, 2007
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
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Planning & Design Grants Awarded to 19 Massachusetts Libraries

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that 19 municipalities were awarded Planning and Design Grants from the 2006-2007 Grant Round totaling $760,000 for public libraries across the Commonwealth.

A Project for Planning and Design does not involve actual construction, but funds the planning of a public library project, including the development of a Building Program, preliminary architectural plans and cost analyses of options and alternatives, site investigation, and preparation of schematic drawings for a future project.

The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, administered by the Board of Library Commissioners and first funded by the Legislature in 1989, has already awarded 66 Planning and Design Grants to communities across the Commonwealth. To be eligible for one of these grants, the municipality must have a population under 10,000 or if over 10,000 have an equalized valuation (EQV) less than the statewide average of $127,176 for this grant round.

Dr. Em Claire Knowles, Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, said, "We are delighted to be able to make these grants today. Each project represents a dramatic step in helping these towns move forward toward planning and designing a library building that will be able to provide its community with modern up-to-date library services."

Municipality Library Award


Berkley Public Library



Brimfield Public Library



Fitchburg Public Library



Framingham Public Library



Hanson Public Library



Hatfield Public Library



Bancroft Memorial Library



Huntington Public Library


New Bedford

New Bedford Free Public Library, Casa da Saudade



Wheeler Memorial Library



Petersham Memorial Library



Salisbury Public Library



Sherborn Library



M. N. Spear Memorial Library



Somerville Public Library


South Hadley

South Hadley Public Library



Stoughton Public Library


West Springfield

West Springfield Public Library



David & Joyce Milne 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.

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