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Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

November 12, 2021 - New Reuben Hoar Library Opens to the Public

On November 5, 2021, the new Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton opened its doors to the public and celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The $14.5 million project was supported by a $5.8 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Massachusetts Public Library Const...READ MORE

November 09, 2021 - Board Approves First Round of State Aid Grants

At its November Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved 103 municipalities that met all requirements for certification in the FY2022 State Aid to Public Libraries program. State Aid program grants for FY2022 total $13 million, a $1 million increase over the a...READ MORE

November 05, 2021 - Borrow the Internet from Your Local Library

Massachusetts residents conducted 15,000 internet sessions every day in public libraries during 2019. When COVID-19 hit and many libraries closed their doors, patrons were left without the internet access they needed to participate in remote schooling and telework.  Libraries stepped up with o...READ MORE

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From the MBLC Blog

Massachusetts Libraries Receive Prestigious Architectural Awards

By Lauren Stara, Library Building Specialist at the MBLC Public library buildings are civic hubs and as such, they are often designed to serve as enduring symbols of public good. They are opportunities to demonstrate community values in the built environment. The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program focuses on functionality and efficiency of library designs, … Continue reading Massachusetts Libraries Receive Prestigious Architectural Awards

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