News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: July 12, 2012
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Board Awards $1.4 Million in Federal Grants

At its July Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $1,436,999 in 37 grants to public, academic, school, special libraries and library networks across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The MBLC offers LSTA grants to help libraries meet the diverse needs of the patrons they serve including  Vital Aging for Older Active Adults  in which libraries become centers for productive aging, lifelong learning and civic engagement, Science is Everywhere which helps public libraries develop innovative programs and strategies that promote interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), 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.

The MBLC also offers grants to help libraries digitize important resources, increasing public access to these documents. Boston Public Library is using such a grant to digitize documents for institutions that are members of the Digital Commonwealth at no cost.  Among the institutions benefiting from the grant are West Bridgewater Public Library which digitized its local history collection and Cape Cod Community College which digitized National Seashore records and historic deeds. To view some of these digitized collections please click here    see

Fenway Libraries Online (FLO) received LSTA grant to procure and maintain a new virtual catalog product for libraries across the state.  Residents search the Virtual Catalog to find resources held in the automated networks and libraries across the state.  This project is scheduled to be fully implemented by December 2014.

LSTA grants through the MBLC support literacy programs that benefit all ages, increase library access to underserved populations, preserve valuable historical documents and provide advanced automation services and staff training. Click here for descriptions of all LSTA programs, and see below for a list of this year's awardees.

City Library Amount Award
Abington Abington Public Library $7,500 On the Same Page
Attleboro Attleboro Public Library $7,500 Science is Everywhere
Barnstable Marstons Mills Public Library $15,000 Serving Tweens and Teens
Billerica Billerica Public Library $7,500 Reader’s Advisory
Boston Boston Public Library $147,350 Open
Boston Fenway Libraries Online $821,320 Virtual Catalog Implementation
Boston Massachusetts Historical Society $36,205 Preservation of Library & Archival Materials
Boston State Library of Massachusetts $25,156 Preservation of Library & Archival Materials
Eastham Eastham Public Library $2,500 Preservation Survey
Easton Ames Free Library $7,500 Next Chapter
Fitchburg Fitchburg State University $4,470 Digitizing Historical Resources
Framingham Framingham State University $15,000 Serving People with Disabilities
Halifax Holmes Public Library $7,500 Serving People with Disabilities
Hanson Hanson Public Library $7,500 Next Chapter
Haverhill Haverhill Public Library $15,000 Serving Tweens and Teens
Hingham Hingham Public Library $12,100 Digitizing Historical Resources
Kingston Kingston Public Library $7,500 Science is Everywhere
Lenox Lenox Library $2,500 Preservation Survey
Lowell Umass Lowell Libraries $29,954 Digitizing Historical Resources
Marlborough Marlborough Public Library $12,500 Conversation Circles
Mattapoisett Mattapoisett Free Public Library $15,000 Serving Tweens and Teens
Merrimac Merrimac Public Library $7,500 On the Same Page
Middleton Flint Public Library $7,500 On the Same Page
New Bedford New Bedford Free Public Library $7,500 Libraries for Job Seekers
North Andover Merrimack Valley Library Consortium $12,500 Small Libraries in Networks
Palmer Palmer Public Library $2,500 Preservation Survey
Pembroke Pembroke Public Library $2,500 Preservation Survey
Pittsfield Berkshire Athenaeum $7,500 Next Chapter
Reading Reading Public Library $7,500 Science is Everywhere
Springfield Springfield City Library $17,000 Open
Stoneham Stoneham Public Library $7,500 Science is Everywhere
Sturbridge Joshua Hyde Public Library $7,500 Science is Everywhere
Waltham Waltham Public Library $7,500 Reader’s Advisory
Watertown Watertown Free Public Library $7,500 Science is Everywhere
Wellesley Wellesley Free Library $12,500 Conversation Circles
Weymouth Weymouth Public Libraries $2,500 Preservation Survey
Worcester C/W MARS $113,444 Small Libraries in Networks

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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