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May 16, 2017 - Library Line Items Receive Increases in Senate Ways and Means Budget

On May 16, 2017 the Senate Committee on Ways and Means announced its FY2018 budget recommendation. Included were increases to six of the line items that go directly to funding library services and resources. Not included in the recommendation was funding for the Massachusetts Center for the Book (7...READ MORE

May 11, 2017 - Changes Give More Flexibility to State Aid Program

At its May Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) unanimously approved changes to the State Aid to Public Libraries Program.  The program, which is voluntary, annually certifies public libraries who meet State Aid requirements. Certified libraries receive state ...READ MORE

May 11, 2017 - Funding Constraints Result in Fewer Online Resources

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) recently announced that the MBLC has awarded contracts to Gale Cengage, Inc., ProQuest, Inc. and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. for statewide online magazine, newspaper, e-reference and encyclopedia d...READ MORE

From the MBLC Blog

A Little History Lesson

The Library: a World History came out a few years ago and I did a blog post to the short-lived MBLC Construction Blog in January of 2014. I wanted to share it here because it was such a great read. The book was written by James W.P. Campbell, with photographs by Will Pryce. I saw … Continue reading A Little History Lesson

Revolutionary History at a Massachusetts Library

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere took his famous ride through Middlesex County warning the residents that British troops were marching west towards Lexington and Concord. The following day, the American Revolution began with battles fought in those two towns. We remember that famous date and year on the 3rd Monday of April, now known … Continue reading Revolutionary History at a Massachusetts Library

It’s Always Baseball Season at Massachusetts Libraries

Opening Day is getting so close you can start to feel it; the days are getting longer, the snow is melting, and the air is getting warmer. Pretty soon we’ll be back to the pennant race, but for now there is still more time to wait until the first pitch. To fill this gap, you … Continue reading It’s Always Baseball Season at Massachusetts Libraries

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