News Release 

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Web Site:

News Release

September 7, 2007
CONTACT: Robert C. Maier, Director
1-800-952-7403, x249

Dudley & Mashpee Receive Construction Awards
Waiting List Moves Up

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has awarded $3,137,196 in Provisional Awards from the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program to the Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library in Dudley and the Mashpee Public Library from the 2004-2005 Grant Round.

Since it was first funded in FY1990, the public library construction program has awarded general construction grants to cities and towns for 209 addition/renovation or new library projects. These new and renovated libraries are vibrant community centers offering engaging programs for children and adults, making computers available to all, and circulating more books, CDs, DVDs and other materials than ever before.

Funds sufficient to award these two grants have been scheduled in the Capital Budget of the Commonwealth for FY2008 and beyond. The municipalities receiving these grants have until March 6, 2008 to achieve local funding of their projects and execute a contract with the Board.

The awards are:




Dudley* Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library


Mashpee Mashpee Public Library




* This is a partial award. Dudley was awarded $1,729,153 on November 2, 2006.

Based on their inclusion on the November 6, 2006 Waiting List, these awards will be increased by a 15% inflation factor when the Legislature approves additional Bond Authorization and this increase is scheduled in the Governor's Capital Budget.

With the awarding of these grants, municipalities on the Waiting List moved up, and now constitute a list of 29 communities. Funding for these projects is pending the passage of a new Bond Authorization.

Massachusetts Public Library Construction Waiting List as of September 6, 2007




1. Auburn Auburn Public Library
2. Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Free Public Library
3. Falmouth Falmouth Public Library
4. Westhampton Westhampton Memorial Library
5. Millis Millis Public Library
6. Norwell Norwell Public Library
7. Belchertown Clapp Memorial Library
8. Belmont Belmont Public Library
9. Holyoke Holyoke Public Library
10. Buckland Buckland Public Library
11. Upton Upton Town Library
12. Boxford Boxford Town Library
13. Holbrook Holbrook Public Library
14. Bourne Jonathan Bourne Public Library
15. Gloucester Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library
16. Edgartown Edgartown Free Public Library
17. Westwood Westwood Public Library
18. Woburn Woburn Public Library
19. Dartmouth* Dartmouth Public Libraries (Branch)
20. Everett* Shute Memorial Library (Branch)
21. Dighton Dighton Public Library
22. Hull Hull Public Library
23. Ware Young Men’s Library Association
24. Walpole Walpole Public Library
25. Winchendon Beals Memorial Library
26. North Attleborough Richards Memorial Library
27. Granby Granby Free Public Library
28. Foxborough Boyden Library
29. Boston - Mattapan* Boston Public Library-Mattapan (Branch)

Numbers 1-20 placed on Waiting List by a Board of Library Commissioners’ vote, July 7, 2005; Numbers 21-29 by a Board vote on April 6, 2006. *Branch libraries have lower priority within rounds.

Further information about the Construction Grants can be found at


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

This Web site, and other programs of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, is funded in part with funds from the
Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning.
Page last updated on 10/2/2007