News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: July 15, 2010
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Board Awards Over $800,000 in Grants

At its July Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $800,312 in 50 grants to 48 public, academic, school and special libraries, regional library systems, and library networks across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The Board offers LSTA grants to help libraries meet the diverse needs of the patrons they serve including "Vital Aging for Older Active Adults", "Serving Teens and Tweens" which helps public libraries develop innovative programs and strategies for this population, and "Conversation Circles" which helps the Commonwealth's newest residents learn English.

This year the Board offered a new grant to assist libraries with patrons looking for employment. "Libraries for Job Seekers" helps libraries expand beyond the traditional ways that they have provided career development resources to meet the needs of today's jobseekers who need Internet access and career-related programming and workshops.

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access to underserved populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents. Click here for descriptions of all LSTA programs, and see below for a list of this year's awardees.

Agency City Agency Program Name Grant Award
Abington Abington Public Library Serving Tweens and Teens $11,700.00
Arlington Robbins Library Next Chapter $7,500.00
Avon Avon Middle High School Library Open $7,500.00
Boston New England College of Optometry Library Digitizing Historical Resources $1,120.00
Boston USS Constitution Museum Open $30,000.00
Braintree Old Colony Library Network Network Connections $43,104.00
Brockton Brockton Public Library Conversation Circles $12,500.00
Chicopee Chicopee Public Library Open $20,000.00
Cohasset Paul Pratt Memorial Library Next Chapter $7,500.00
Concord Concord Free Public Library Reader's Advisory $10,000.00
Danvers North of Boston Library Exchange Network Connections $40,958.00
Framingham Framingham Public Library Conversation Circles $12,500.00
Groveland Langley-Adams Library Next Chapter $7,500.00
Halifax Holmes Public Library Next Chapter $6,992.00
Hudson Hudson Public Library Mother Goose on the Loose $7,500.00
Lexington Cary Memorial Library Open $20,000.00
Longmeadow Bay Path College Preservation Survey $2,500.00
Lowell University of Massachusetts Lowell Libraries Digitizing Historical Resources $25,304.00
Medfield Medfield Memorial Public Library Libraries for Job Seekers $7,500.00
Middleboro SAILS, Inc. Network Connections $39,191.00
Middleborough Middleborough Public Library Libraries for Job Seekers $7,500.00
Milford Department of Corrections Open $15,992.00
Millville Millville Free Public Library On the Same Page $7,500.00
Natick Minuteman Library Network Network Connections $30,622.00
Needham Olin College of Engineering Library Academic Library Incentive $5,000.00
Newton Newton Free Library Digitizing Historical Resources $21,009.00
Norfolk Norfolk Public Library Mother Goose on the Loose $7,500.00
North Andover Merrimack Valley Library Consortium Network Connections $65,845.00
North Andover Merrimack Valley Library Consortium Small Libraries in Networks $12,500.00
Oak Bluffs Oak Bluffs Public Library On the Same Page $7,500.00
Orange Wheeler Memorial Library Mother Goose on the Loose $7,500.00
Pembroke Pembroke Public Library Serving Tweens and Teens $20,000.00
Pittsfield Reid & Herberg Middle Schools Open $7,500.00
Reading Reading Public Library How Green is My Library $7,500.00
Rowley Rowley Public Library Open $7,500.00
Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Public Library Conversation Circles $12,500.00
Springfield Springfield City Library Libraries for Job Seekers $7,500.00
Sterling Conant Free Public Library Preservation Survey $2,500.00
Stoneham Stoneham Public Library Reader's Advisory $8,125.00
Stoneham Stoneham Public Library Preservation Survey $2,500.00
Sutton Sutton Free Public Library Serving Tweens and Teens $20,000.00
Swampscott Swampscott Public Library Serving Tweens and Teens $13,000.00
Vineyard Haven Vineyard Haven Public Library Conversation Circles $12,000.00
Wakefield Lucius Beebe Memorial Library On the Same Page $7,500.00
Webster Bartlett Jr./Sr. High School School Library Incentive $5,000.00
Wellesley Wellesley Free Library Serving Tweens and Teens $19,406.00
Whitman Whitman Public Library Libraries for Job Seekers $7,500.00
Wilmington Wilmington Memorial Library Open $10,000.00
Worcester C/W MARS, Inc. Small Libraries in Networks $113,444.00
Worthington Worthington Library On the Same Page $7,500.00

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

About MBLC

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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