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July 12, 2018 - MBLC’s Federal Grants Impact Local Communities

At its July 12, 2018 Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $451,058 in 40 grants to public and school libraries across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is funded through the Institute of Museum and Library S...READ MORE

July 12, 2018 - MBLC Awards $28.7m in Construction Grants

At their July 12, 2018 board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners awarded provisional construction grants to the Greenfield Public Library in the amount of $9,378,183, the Hingham Public Library in the amount of $9,151,270, and the Marlborough Public Library in the amount of $1...READ MORE

July 12, 2018 - MBLC Elects Officers

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2019 at its Board Meeting on July 12, 2018. The Board voted for Commissioner Roland Oschenbein as Board Chair. Commissioner Oschenbein has served the MBLC as a member of the State Advisory Committee on Libra...READ MORE

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Public Libraries in Massachusetts: An Evolving Ecosystem

After over a year of hard work, we have completed our “Evolving Ecosystem” report with Watertown based design and planning firm Sasaki and help from Massachusetts library patrons and staff who filled out our statewide survey last summer. The study was initiated and funded by the construction program, so that was the focus. We went … Continue reading Public Libraries in Massachusetts: An Evolving Ecosystem

Chicopee Library is “Combining Good Ingredients”

The MBLC offers an innovative category among our LSTA grant options for libraries that have come up with a unique solution to address a community need. One of this year’s innovative grants is Chicopee Public Library’s “Combining Good Ingredients”. Many Chicopee residents live with food insecurity, in poverty, and/or in poor health. The library was … Continue reading Chicopee Library is “Combining Good Ingredients”

Get Your Garden Growing at your Local Library

If you’re planning on starting a garden this spring, your first step may be to stop by a Massachusetts library. From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, libraries across the Commonwealth have opened up “seed libraries” where you can get flower and vegetable seeds to start your gardening project. All you need is your library card! … Continue reading Get Your Garden Growing at your Local Library