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Web Site: News Release Back to News Releases Print News Release FOR IMMEDIATE 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: Municipality Library Award Dudley* Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library $585,421 Mashpee Mashpee Public Library $2,551,775     $3,137,196 * 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 Rank Municipality Library 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
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