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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 7, 2007
CONTACT: Robert C. Maier, Director
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:
Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library
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
Auburn Public Library
Shrewsbury Free Public Library
Falmouth Public Library
Westhampton Memorial Library
Millis Public Library
Norwell Public Library
Clapp Memorial Library
Belmont Public Library
Holyoke Public Library
Buckland Public Library
Upton Town Library
Boxford Town Library
Holbrook Public Library
Jonathan Bourne Public Library
Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library
Edgartown Free Public Library
Westwood Public Library
Woburn Public Library
Dartmouth Public Libraries (Branch)
Shute Memorial Library (Branch)
Dighton Public Library
Hull Public Library
Young Men’s Library Association
Walpole Public Library
Beals Memorial Library
Richards Memorial Library
Granby Free Public Library
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 http://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/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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