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NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

February 11, 2021 - Libraries Awarded Grants for Remote and Virtual Programming

Libraries Awarded Grants for Remote and Virtual Programming The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $54,900 in 20 grants to libraries across the Commonwealth through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding that was distributed by the Institute ...READ MORE

February 09, 2021 - Libraries Certified in State Aid

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved 294 libraries that met all requirements for certification in the FY2021 State Aid to Public Libraries program. State Aid program grants total $12 million, an increase of 33% since FY2018 when the MBLC mad...READ MORE

February 08, 2021 - MBLC and MLS Support School eContent

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) are collaborating to bring more eContent to the statewide school eBook and audiobook program called Commonwealth eBook Collections: the OverDrive K-12 Shared Sora Collection, more commonly referred to...READ MORE

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Trustees Orientation Goes Virtual

By Maura Deedy, Library Advisory Specialist at the MBLC The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Trustee Orientation program held virtually in our living rooms, offices, and kitchens is now available on demand. The orientations are an opportunity for new trustees to learn about the MBLC and state funding and for seasoned trustees to gain … Continue reading Trustees Orientation Goes Virtual

Libraries in the News

Boston Public Library makes thousands of images available free online

The Boston Public Library has made more than 8,000 photos, ranging from pictures documenting the construction of the McKim library building in Copley Square to 19th-century daguerreotypes, publicly available on Wikimedia Commons, according to library officials. Read more from The Boston Globe

Children’s librarian Kay Lyons to retire: ‘I found I had a way with children’

Librarian Kay Lyons has journeyed with local children for almost three decades to places like Wonderland, Narnia and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but when she retires in March, it’s her turn. She and her husband, Rick Roy, will take some trips of their own, though never forgetting the joy she’s known. Read more … Continue reading Children’s librarian Kay Lyons to retire: ‘I found I had a way with children’

Plymouth Public Library Director Jennifer Harris retiring

After nearly three decades of service to the town, the director of the Plymouth Public Library is moving on. But Jennifer Harris will continue to work in support of libraries in retirement and may get even more involved in local government. Read more from Wicked Local Plymouth