News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: June 28, 2012
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Brian Lies to visit libraries

Massachusetts author and illustrator Brian Lies will be visiting public libraries across the Commonwealth to encourage participation in state-supported summer reading programs offered at public libraries. Mr. Lies, whose books include Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, and Hamlet and the Magnificent Sandcastle, is the illustrator of the 2012 Collaborative Summer Library Program, Dream Big—READ!  Massachusetts is one of 49 states using the program and his illustrations can be seen in libraries across the country.

Summer reading programs at public libraries help students avoid the “summer slide” and prepare them for the academic year ahead. Last year over 300,000 children, teens and adults participated in summer reading programming across the state. The Massachusetts Library Summer Program is sponsored by local libraries, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

The Brian Lies visit schedule is listed below:

July 10 (Tuesday)
Greenfield Public Library:  9:30 am to 11:30 am
Mason Library in Great Barrington 2:30 am to 4:30 pm

July 11 (Wednesday)
Auburn Public Library: 10:00 am to  noon
Walpole Public Library:  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

July 12 (Thursday)
Yarmouth Public Library: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Somerset Public Library: 2:30 am to 4:30 pm

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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