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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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News Release

October 23, 2007
CONTACT: Robert C. Maier, Director
1-800-952-7403, x249

MBLC to Hold State Aid Review Forums

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will hold three public forums around the Commonwealth on the Final Report and Proposal of the State Aid Review Committee.

DATE:   Monday, October 29, 2007

PLACE:   Western Massachusetts Regional Library System, 4 Sandy Lane, Whately

TIME:   10 am to 12 noon

DATE:   Tuesday, November 6, 2007

PLACE:   Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square , Worcester

TIME:   1 to 3 p.m.

DATE:   Wednesday, November 7, 2007

PLACE:   Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street , Plymouth

TIME:   10 am to 12 noon

Please come and offer your comments.

A brief guide to the Proposed New State Aid Program can be found at:

The entire Final Report of the State Aid Review Committee can be found at:

To assist you as you assess the final report of the committee, you may also read comments of library directors given at focus groups held in August at:

In addition to comments at one of the forums, please send them by e-mail or as an e-mail attachment or no later than November 15, 2007.


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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