News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: July 09, 2009
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us


Board Awards $1.2 Million in LSTA Grants

At its July Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $1,206,222 in 58 grants to 53 public, academic, school and special libraries, regional library systems, and library networks across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Libraries use LSTA grants in a variety of ways including implementing literacy programs that benefit all ages, increasing library access to underserved populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents.

LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in the Commonwealth by the MBLC. More information about LSTA can be found on Board's website at www.mass.gov/mblc

Click here for descriptions of LSTA programs, and see below for a list of this year's awardees:

Municipality

Library

Program Name

Amount

Agawam

Agawam Public Library

Open Projects

$7,500

Amesbury

Amesbury Public Library

Preservation Survey

$2,500

Amherst

Jones Library

Spanish Language Outreach

$5,000

Athol

Athol Public Library

How Green is My Library?

$7,500

Bellingham

Bellingham Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500

Beverly

Beverly Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500

Boston

State Library of Massachusetts

Digitizing Historical Resources

$38,379

Boston

Northeastern University Libraries

Digitizing Historical Resources

$40,000

Boston

Massachusetts Historical Society

Open Projects

$16,771

Boston

Emmanuel College, Cardinal Cushing Library

Academic Library Incentive

$5,000

Boxford

Boxford Town Library

Reader's Advisory

$9,993

Boylston

Berlin Boylston School District

School Library Incentive

$5,000

Byfield

Triton Regional High School

School Library Incentive

$5,000

Charlton

Charlton Public Library

Serving 'Tweens and Teens

$20,000

Danvers

Northeast MA Regional Library System

Open Projects

$12,000

Danvers

North of Boston Library Exchange

Network Connections and Servers

$56,060

Danvers

Peabody Institute Library

Reader's Advisory

$10,000

Dighton

Dighton Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500

Florence

Lilly Library

Mother Goose on the Loose

$7,500

Framingham

Framingham State College, Henry Whittemore Library

How Green is My Library?

$6,100

Gloucester

Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library

Serving 'Tweens and Teens

$20,000

Greenfield

Greenfield Public Library

Open Projects

$20,000

Hatfield

Smith Academy, Abarno Library

School Library Incentive

$4,000

Lee

Lee Library Association

Preservation Survey

$2,500

Lexington

National Heritage Museum, Van Gordon-Williams Library

Preservation Survey

$2,500

Methuen

Nevins Memorial Library

Reader's Advisory

$10,000

Millis

Millis Public Library

Mother Goose on the Loose

$7,500

New Bedford

New Bedford Free Public Library

Serving 'Tweens and Teens

$20,000

Norfolk

Norfolk Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,255

North Andover

Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

Small Libraries in Networks

$12,500

North Andover

Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

Network Connections and Servers

$14,250

North Andover

Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

Network Connections and Servers

$23,391

North Andover

Merrimack College, McQuade Library

How Green is My Library?

$6,000

North Brookfield

Haston Free Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500

North Easton

Ames Free Library

On the Same Page

$7,500

Norwell

Norwell Public Library

Reader's Advisory

$10,000

Norwood

Morrill Memorial Library

Reader's Advisory

$10,000

Pembroke

Pembroke Public Library

On the Same Page

$5,495

Pittsfield

Berkshire Athenaeum

On the Same Page

$7,500

Pittsfield

Berkshire Athenaeum

Preservation Survey

$2,500

Quincy

Thomas Crane Public Library

Open Projects

$7,976

S. Hamilton

Hamilton-Wenham Public Library

Mother Goose on the Loose

$7,500

Somerville

Somerville Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500

South Yarmouth

Yarmouth Town Libraries

On the Same Page

$7,500

Springfield

Springfield City Library

Spanish Language Outreach

$5,000

Stoughton

Stoughton Public Library

Conversation Circles

$12,500

Topsfield

Topsfield Town Library

On the Same Page

$7,500

Vineyard Haven

West Tisbury Free Public Library

Reader's Advisory

$10,000

Wakefield

Lucius Beebe Memorial Library

Serving 'Tweens and Teens

$20,000

Waltham

Waltham Public Library

Mother Goose on the Loose

$7,500

Wendell

Wendell Free Library

Serving 'Tweens and Teens

$20,000

West Springfield

West Springfield Public Library

Serving 'Tweens and Teens

$20,000

Woods Hole

Woods Hole Public Library

Preservation Survey

$2,500

Worcester

Assumption College

Preservation Survey

$2,500

Worcester

C/W MARS

Small Libraries in Networks

$105,788

Worcester

C/W MARS

Network Connections and Servers

$65,764

Worcester

Worcester Public Library

Mother Goose on the Loose

$7,500

Worcester

C/W MARS

Open Projects

$412,000

Total:      $1,206,222

About MBLC

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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