News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: May 03, 2012
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us


Construction Projects added to Waiting List

At its May, 3, 2012 Board Meeting at the newly dedicated Walpole Public Library the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved the addition of library construction projects in Somerville, Stoughton, Hatfield, Sherborn and Leicester to the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) Waiting List.  The libraries are part of the 2010- 2011 MPLCP Grant Round in which fifteen libraries were placed on the Waiting List and eight communities received provisional construction grants.

“Because we know first-hand the difference libraries make in the lives of all our residents, we are pleased to add these communities to our Waiting List.  As Commissioners our efforts to secure funding for these projects continue,” said MBLC Chair Katherine Dibble.

Rank Municipality Library Award

1

Reading

Reading Public Library

$5,105,114

2

Belmont

Belmont Public Library

$7,597,928

3

Edgartown

Edgartown Free Public Library

$5,002,139

4

Salisbury

Salisbury Public Library

$3,856,187

5

Framingham

Framingham Public Library - McAuliffe Branch

$4,186,560

6

Scituate

Scituate Town Library

$4,985,480

7

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Free Public Library

$7,959,989

8

Acushnet

Russell Memorial Library

$3,189,536

9

Webster

Chester C. Corbin Public Library

$5,366,489

10

Sandwich

Sandwich Public Library

$6,683,197

11

Woburn

Woburn Public Library

$9,906,275

12

Eastham

Eastham Public Library

$4,331,923

13

Hopkinton

Hopkinton Public Library

$4,533,580

14

Boston

Boston Public Library - East Boston Branch

$7,255,988

15

Somerville

Somerville Public Library

$18,100,101

16

Stoughton

Stoughton Public Library

$6,702,689

17

Hatfield

Hatfield Public Library

$3,211,427

18

Sherborn

Sherborn Public Library

$3,633,603

19

Leicester

Leicester Public Library

$4,233,264

TOTAL

$115,841,469

Funding for the MPLCP was authorized by Governor Deval Patrick and the Legislature in the General Governmental Needs Bond Bill, signed by the Governor on August 11, 2008. While libraries that received a provisional MPLCP grant are guaranteed funding, funding for Waiting List libraries depends on several factors including the state’s five year capitol plan and whether libraries that have provisional grants are able to secure local match funding and move forward with a project.

Provisional grant recipients that have secured local funding are Athol, South Hadley, Granby, West Tisbury and Everett. The communities of West Springfield, Grafton and Shutesbury have until June 30, 2012 to secure local support or request an extension from the MBLC.

MPLCP was first funded by a state bond authorization in 1987.  Since then the MPLCP has helped build 51 new library buildings and 126 addition/renovation or conversion projects. The MPLCP also awards planning and design grants to support public libraries as they prepare to apply for a construction grant. Libraries that complete building projects with the MPLCP are also eligible for a Green Library Incentive, created by the MBLC in 2008 to encourage sustainable energy-efficient public library construction. Libraries that obtain the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification qualify to receive additional state funding.  For more information about the MBLC's Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program please see the Construction Fact Sheet or click here for general information.

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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