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April 10, 2017 - State Aid Receives Increase in House Ways and Means Budget

Earlier today, the House Committee on Ways and Means announced its FY2018 budget recommendation. State Aid to Public Libraries (Account 7000-9501) received an increase of 4.5% above what the Governor proposed in his budget, taking the funding from $9,090,000 to $9,500,000. In the FY2018 Legislative...READ MORE

March 30, 2017 - Libraries Help Collect Record Amount of Pajamas

To honor the 10th anniversary of the Boston Bruins PJ Drive, the lofty goal of collecting 10,000 pajamas for children in need was set. With help from Massachusetts libraries, this goal was surpassed, and a total of 12,150 PJs and $5,304 were collected, a new record for the drive. 2017 marked the fi...READ MORE

March 23, 2017 - Governor Reappoints Commissioner Resnick

Commissioner and Board Vice-Chair N. Janeen Resnick has been reappointed by Governor Charlie Baker to a five-year term on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Her reappointment is the second by Governor Baker, and keeps together one of the most active groups of Commi...READ MORE

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Revolutionary History at a Massachusetts Library

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere took his famous ride through Middlesex County warning the residents that British troops were marching west towards Lexington and Concord. The following day, the American Revolution began with battles fought in those two towns. We remember that famous date and year on the 3rd Monday of April, now known … Continue reading Revolutionary History at a Massachusetts Library

It’s Always Baseball Season at Massachusetts Libraries

Opening Day is getting so close you can start to feel it; the days are getting longer, the snow is melting, and the air is getting warmer. Pretty soon we’ll be back to the pennant race, but for now there is still more time to wait until the first pitch. To fill this gap, you … Continue reading It’s Always Baseball Season at Massachusetts Libraries

What’s all the Buzz about Audiobooks?

What is the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry right now? According to an Audio Publishers Association sales survey, it is audiobooks. The Wall Street Journal reports “35,574 audiobook titles were released in the U.S. and Canada in 2015, compared with 7,237 in 2011.” They go on to explain that “People listen to audiobooks … Continue reading What’s all the Buzz about Audiobooks?

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