News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: July 23, 2013
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us


MBLC Awards LSTA Grants

At its July board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $443,328 in 37 grants to public, academic, school, and special libraries and library networks across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

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access to underserved populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents. The FY2014 grant round boasts many innovative projects designed to meet the evolving needs of local patrons. A few of these projects are detailed below, followed by a complete list of the awards. Descriptions of all LSTA grant opportunities are available on the MBLC website.

Stoughton Public Library received a Science is Everywhere STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grant. With this funding, students in grades 3-6 will be given the opportunity to develop a true interest and love of science. Each participant will have his/her curiosity stimulated by creative and critical thinking as they experience hands-on activities during eight programs and two field trips. Two experienced elementary school teachers, Sheila Osborne and Susan Zbinski, will lead the program. This grant will provide children with a chance to explore the many aspects of science with small class size and enthusiastic teachers.

The Bellingham Public Library also received a Science is Everywhere STEM grant. Programs, speakers, workshops, and hands-on experiential learning will be coordinated in collaboration with community partners. The program will focus not only on the summer reading theme for 2014 of chemistry, but will collaborate with the Weston Observatory's Boston College Educational Seismology Project (BC-ESP) to bring an educational seismograph to Bellingham. With community partners including the schools, senior center, and youth center, the library will strengthen the ties of the Bellingham community through advancing STEM.

The project made possible through the Worcester Public Library's Tweens and Teens grant will create a modern learning environment for youth ages 11 to 17, complete with a digital media lab. It will connect young people to a variety of resources, activities, and emerging technologies in one dynamic space that inspires collaboration and creativity and fosters independent, self-paced learning. The project emphasizes collaboration with community partners and creative programming in developing a digital innovation lab for teens.

The Peabody Institute Library plans to use its LSTA grant to develop a Creativity Lab that will provide all residents with the place, tools, and learning opportunities they need to become inspired creators and explorers of science, art, technology, and fabrication. The library's Creativity Lab will nurture 21st century skills in the community and delve into an exciting new role for public libraries.

The FY2014 grant round was one of the most competitive in recent history with over 100 letters of intent for projects totaling more than $1.6 million. Federal LSTA funding to the MBLC's exemplary program has been reduced by more than $160,000 during the past year. 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 http://mblc.state.ma.us.

Municipality

Institution

Program Name

Amount Awarded

Agawam

Agawam Public Library

Preservation Assessment

$3,500

Andover

Memorial Hall Library

Innovative Grant-

Especially for All - serving families with children on the Autism Spectrum

$7,500

Attleboro

Attleboro Public Library

Community Languages

$10,000

Barnstable

CLAMS

Network Connections

$21,880

Barnstable

Marstons Mills Public Library

Reader's Advisory

$7,500

Bellingham

Bellingham Public Library

Innovative Grant-

Shaking Up Stem

$7,500

Boston

USS Constitution Museum

Preservation of Library and Archival Materials

$12,676

Bourne

Jonathan Bourne Public Library

Libraries for Job Seekers

$7,500

Braintree

Old Colony Library Network

Network Connections

$53,608

Brockton

Brockton Public Library

Preservation Assessment

$3,500

Chicopee

Chicopee Public Library

Innovative Grant-

Find Yourself at the Chicopee Public Library

$5,000

Hamilton

Hamilton-Wenham Public Library

Customer Experience

$7,500

Ipswich

Ipswich Public Library

Mother Goose on the Loose

$7,500

Kingston

Kingston Public Library

Customer Experience

$8,500

Lakeville

Lakeville Public Library

Customer Experience

$10,000

Lynnfield

Lynnfield Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500

Maynard

Maynard Public Library

Serving Tweens and Teens

$15,000

Medfield

Medfield Memorial Public Library

Reader's Advisory

$7,500

Melrose

Melrose Public Library

Preservation Assessment

$3,500

Natick

Minuteman Library Network (MLN)

Network Connections

$57,635

Newburyport

Newburyport Public Library

Serving Tweens and Teens

$14,960

Norfolk

MCI, Norfolk

Innovative Grant-

Humor- as- Therapy in the Correctional Environment

$8,795

Norwood

Morrill Memorial Library

On the Same Page

$7,500

Peabody

Peabody Institute Library

Innovative Grant-

Creativity Lab

$30,000

Plainville

Plainville Public Library

Customer Experience

$5,955

Raynham

Raynham Public Library

Customer Experience

$8,200

Reading

Reading Public Library

Customer Experience

$8,000

Rowley

Rowley Public Library

On the Same Page

$7,500

Stoughton

Stoughton Public Library

Science is Everywhere

$7,500

Sunderland

Sunderland Public Library

Serving Tweens and Teens

$15,000

Uxbridge

Uxbridge Free Public Library

Mother Goose on the Loose

$6,194

Wayland

Wayland Free Public Library

Serving Tweens and Teens

$15,000

Wellfleet

Wellfleet Public Library

Libraries for Job Seekers

$7,300

West Boylston

Beaman Memorial Public Library

Customer Experience

$6,625

West Bridgewater

West Bridgewater Public Library

Mother Goose on the Loose

$7,500

Westborough

Westborough Public Library

Next Chapter

$7,500

Worcester

Worcester Public Library

Serving Tweens and Teens

$15,000

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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