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NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

May 27, 2020 - MBLC and MLS Announce Reopening Recommendations

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) have released recommendations for libraries to begin a phased reopening of in-person services. The guidance is meant to work in tandem with the state’s reopening plan released last week by Gover...READ MORE

May 20, 2020 - Scholarships Help Small Libraries

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and Massachusetts Library System (MLS) are pleased to announce recipients of the scholarships to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference in Wichita, Kansas, September 30-October 3, 2020.  “Libra...READ MORE

May 20, 2020 - Bruins Prizes for Summer 2020

Summer Library Programs play a significant role in keeping kids and teens connected to educational resources over the summer. Research shows that reading just four books over the summer helps kids avoid summer learning loss. To encourage kids and teens to keep reading during the summer months, the ...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

The Community’s Security Blanket

By Deb O’Brien, Director of the New Marlborough Town Library What started as a conversation regarding connectivity (or the lack thereof) in rural communities quickly morphed into a chat about the connection of small towns and their libraries serving as safe havens during trying times. A little background: most of the sparsely inhabited but area-wise … Continue reading The Community’s Security Blanket

Libraries in the News

Libraries without walls

When I signed up to write this column a few months ago, I intended to share a few of the online services offered by our local libraries. Little did I know that I would write it at a time when many librarians are busily fostering virtual libraries on their Facebook pages and websites. In recent … Continue reading Libraries without walls

Don’t get bored: Seven things for North Andoverites to try online via Stevens Memorial Library

There’s a national and state emergency. You’re stuck at home. Maybe you have kids who need activities to keep them busy. Why not try the library? You can’t go to the library physically, but the Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover offers enough reading and other activities to carry you and your family through the … Continue reading Don’t get bored: Seven things for North Andoverites to try online via Stevens Memorial Library

Worcester Public Library launches #HeartWorcester campaign to unite community

When the Worcester Public Library found out it would be closing in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, employees began thinking of a way to connect community members without physically gathering together. The #HeartWorcester campaign was then born. Read more from Mass Live