News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: July 14, 2011
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us


Board Awards Over $700,000 in Grants

At its July Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $725,184 in 44 grants to 44 public, academic, school and special libraries, 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, Libraries for Job Seekers" which helps libraries meet the needs of today's jobseekers who need Internet access and career-related programming and workshops,  and "Conversation Circles" which helps the Commonwealth's newest residents learn English.

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access to underserved populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents.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.

City/Town Agency Program Name Grant Award

Amesbury

Amesbury Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500.00

Athol

Athol Public Library

Preservation Survey

$2,500.00

Barnstable

Marstons Mills Public Library

Next Chapter

$7,500.00

Belchertown

Clapp Memorial Library

Preservation Survey

$2,500.00

Bellingham

Bellingham Public Library

Libraries for Job Seekers

$7,000.00

Boston

Boston Public Library

Open

$100,000.00

Boston

Fenway High School/ Boston Arts Academy

How Green is My Library

$5,000.00

Boston

Northeastern University Libraries

Digitizing Historical Resources

$30,000.00

Boston

State Library of Massachusetts

Digitizing Historical Resources

$29,273.00

Bourne

Bourne Middle School Library

On the Same Page

$7,500.00

Bourne

Jonathan Bourne Public Library

Serving Tweens and Teens

$15,000.00

Carlisle

Gleason Public Library

STEM + M

$10,000.00

Chicopee

Chicopee Public Library

Serving People with Disabilities

$20,000.00

Framingham

Framingham Public Library

Serving Tweens and Teens

$15,000.00

Groveland

Langley-Adams Library

On the Same Page

$7,350.00

Halifax

Holmes Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500.00

Hamilton

Hamilton-Wenham Public Library

How Green is My Library

$6,166.00

Lawrence

Lawrence Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500.00

Lenox

Lenox Library

Next Chapter

$7,500.00

Littleton

Reuben Hoar Library

On the Same Page

$7,500.00

Mansfield

Mansfield Public Library

Libraries for Job Seekers

$7,136.00

Maynard

Maynard Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500.00

Medfield

Medfield Memorial Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500.00

Natick

Minuteman Library Network

Network Connections

$56,648.00

Newton

Newton Free Library

Preservation Survey

$2,500.00

North Adams

MA College of Liberal Arts, Freel Library

Academic Library Incentive

$5,000.00

North Andover

Merrimac Valley Library Consortium

Small Libraries in Networks

$12,500.00

Northampton

Forbes Library

Reader’s Advisory

$7,500.00

Northampton

Lilly Library Association

Serving Tweens and Teens

$15,000.00

Orleans

Snow Library

Digitizing Historical Resources

$15,000.00

Pittsfield

Berkshire Athenaeum

Preservation of Library and Archival Materials

$30,000.00

Randolph

Randolph High School

Discovery Kits

$6,500.00

Sharon

Sharon Public Library

Conversation Circles

$12,500.00

Shirley

Hazen Memorial Library

Reader’s Advisory

$7,500.00

Shutesbury

Shutesbury Elementary School Library

School Library Incentive Grant

$5,000.00

Somerset

Somerset Public Library

Serving Tweens and Teens

$13,759.00

Southborough

Southborough Public Library

Serving Tweens and Teens

$13,758.00

Springfield

Springfield City Library

Conversation Circles

$12,500.00

Sunderland

Sunderland Public Library

Serving Tweens and Teens

$15,000.00

Tewksbury

Tewksbury Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500.00

Wareham

Wareham Free Library

Serving Tweens and Teens

$15,000.00

Weston

Weston Public Library

Conversation Circles

$12,500.00

Worcester

C/W MARS

Small Libraries in Networks

$113,444.00

Worcester

Worcester Public Library

Open

$21,650.00

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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