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July 28, 2021 - Governor Signs FY22 Budget

On July 16, 2021, Governor Charlie Baker signed the FY2022 budget. The $47.6 billion bill includes increased funding to library line items at or above what was requested in the FY22 Legislative Agenda. “We are pleased by the increase in funding and the commitment that the legislature and gove...READ MORE

July 08, 2021 - MBLC Elects Officers for FY2022

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2022 at its Board Meeting on July 8, 2021. The Board reelected Commissioner Mary Ann Cluggish as Board Chair. Commissioner Cluggish was appointed to the Board in 2011 and was reappointed to a five-year term ...READ MORE

July 08, 2021 - MBLC Awards Federal LSTA Grants

At its July 8, 2021, Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $350,410 in 35 grants to public and special libraries across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is funded through the Institute of Museum and Library ...READ MORE

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Cape Cod Students Gain Access to eBooks from their Local Libraries

Students from several Cape Cod schools are now able to access OverDrive digital materials from nearby public libraries using their student IDs. CLAMS libraries in Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, Truro and Wellfleet are partnering with the Nauset School System, Mashpee Library is partnering with the Mashpee Schools, Falmouth Public Library is partnering with Falmouth High School, and the seven Barnstable libraries—Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons … Continue reading Cape Cod Students Gain Access to eBooks from their Local Libraries

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Medford Public Library named 2021 EBSCO Solar Grant Winner

EBSCO Information Services selected its four 2021 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners. Hazel Park District Library in Hazel Park, Michigan; Medford Public Library in Medford; College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin; and the Virgin Islands Montessori School in St, Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, will each receive an EBSCO Solar Grant to pay for the installation … Continue reading Medford Public Library named 2021 EBSCO Solar Grant Winner

Many turned to libraries during the pandemic for free Wifi and other services. Will these venerable public institutions get the credit they deserve?

Ramses Escobedo probably wouldn’t call himself a hero. But during the pandemic, he was asked to act in some heroic ways. Escobedo, a bilingual Spanish-English librarian, manages a branch of the San Francisco Public Library. For more than a year, however, Escobedo hasn’t been lending out books. Instead, he’s worked with a Covid-19 contact tracer … Continue reading Many turned to libraries during the pandemic for free Wifi and other services. Will these venerable public institutions get the credit they deserve?

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