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Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

January 06, 2022 - MBLC Suspends Open Hours Requirement

In an ongoing effort to support frontline library staff and encourage safe library services, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted unanimously to relax specific State Aid to Public Libraries program requirements. The vote, taken at the board’s January meeting, suspends...READ MORE

December 21, 2021 - Grafton Celebrates New Library

On December 17, the Grafton Public Library celebrated the opening of the new library addition and renovation of the 1927 original Georgian building. “A library is what people can do when they pull together,” said Commissioner Karen Traub from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissio...READ MORE

December 15, 2021 - MBLC Library Construction Recognized as Leader by Governor

Thanks to the innovative work being done by the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners was recently awarded a Leading by Example award. The MBLC was one of eleven Massachusetts state agencies, public higher education institutions, ...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Lawrence Library, Pepperell adds “Little Free Library” to local food pantry’s “Books to Keep” program

The Lawrence Library recently installed a Little Free Library to the exterior of their local food pantry, PACH Outreach. Thanks to the Friends of the Lawrence Library, the library staff is able to supply new or gently used books from the numerous donations they receive for their annual book sale. The Little Free Library is … Continue reading Lawrence Library, Pepperell adds “Little Free Library” to local food pantry’s “Books to Keep” program

Libraries in the News

Voters back Jones Library project in Amherst

A $36.3 million renovation and expansion of the Jones Library will proceed after voters at Tuesday’s biennial election overwhelmingly affirmed the Town Council’s April decision in favor of the project. Read more from the Daily Hampshire Gazette

Boston Celtics display original championship banners for first time in 26 years at Boston Public Library

Boston Celtics fans can take a step back through history with a visit to the Boston Public Library, where the 17-time NBA champions’ legendary original victory banners are out of storage and on display to the public for the first time in 26 years. Read more from the Boston Herald

After 18-month wait, Erving Public Library holds open house

After a year-and-a-half long delay, Erving finally celebrated the opening of its new public library with an open house Sunday. The open house invited the public to join key workers who helped bring the library to fruition for music, refreshments, a raffle and speeches. Read more from the Greenfield Recorder