• What’s Your Four?

    The MBLC wants to know what you are reading this summer

  • Build a Better World this Summer

    Libraries celebrate President Kennedy’s Centennial

  • Construction Grant Round Underway

    Learn more about the program

  • State Aid to Public Libraries

    State Aid = Local Aid. Learn More About the Program


What’s happening in Massachusetts libraries

June 12, 2017 - The MBLC Wants to Know, "What's Your Four?"

Reading just four books over the summer helps kids achieve academic success, that’s why the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), is asking residents “What’s Your Four?” First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker has already posted her four, and many more are...READ MORE

June 02, 2017 - Increases for Library Lines in Final Senate Budget

On May 27, 2017 the Massachusetts State Senate passed its final version of the FY2018 budget. Included were increases to six of the line items that go directly to funding library services and resources. Not included in the final budget was funding for the Massachusetts Center for the Book (7000-950...READ MORE

May 30, 2017 - The MBLC “Builds a Better World” with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum to celebrate President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday as part of the Library’s Centennial Celebration. “We are very excited t...READ MORE

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From the MBLC Blog

The Island that Spoke by Hand – Uncovering the history of Deaf culture on Martha’s Vineyard

By Shelley Quezada, Consultant to the Underserved at the MBLC The town of Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard was once known for its larger than average population of traditionally Deaf residents.  Decades ago, in the Squibnocket area of Chilmark perhaps as many as a quarter of the population was Deaf.   On this part of the island, … Continue reading The Island that Spoke by Hand – Uncovering the history of Deaf culture on Martha’s Vineyard

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Shopping for Statewide Databases : Chasing the Best Value for the Commonwealth By Paul Kissman, MBLC Library Information Systems Specialist We’ve just completed a procurement process for the next set of statewide databases, a fifteen month long odyssey. There were moments that put me in mind of those old shopping-themed TV game shows. Some days … Continue reading Shop ‘Til You Drop

Happy Trails

This blog post was written by former MBLC Director Dianne Carty. Dianne retired on June 2, 2017. Recently it was suggested to me that I write a good-bye blog post.  Any number of clichés immediately popped into my brain, such that I could not write anything without cringing at my own words. There is never … Continue reading Happy Trails