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Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

April 20, 2021 - House Increases Funding for Libraries

On Wednesday, April 14, the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means released its proposal for the FY2022 budget. The budget includes the increased funding for library lines that was requested in the FY22 Legislative Agenda, and an increase of more than $600,000 to the amount requested for t...READ MORE

April 01, 2021 - The MBLC condemns Anti-Asian violence and supports efforts to advance racial justice

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners stands in solidarity with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission in recognizing and condemning anti-Asian hate crimes. Any ...READ MORE

March 09, 2021 - Governor Baker Reappoints Comeau

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to welcome George T. Comeau, Esq. of Canton who has been appointed by Governor Charles D. Baker to serve on the nine-member board. Commissioner Comeau previously served as a Commissioner after being appointed by Governor Romney in 2...READ MORE

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From the MBLC Blog

Campaign Finance Law and Advocacy

By Andrea Bunker, Library Building Specialist at the MBLC Have you ever wondered if you’re allowed to advocate for your public library’s building project as a public employee, trustee, foundation member, or friend of the library? In what capacity? To what extent?  Have you been kept awake at night pondering whether fundraising for a ballot … Continue reading Campaign Finance Law and Advocacy

Libraries in the News

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

Children’s librarian Kay Lyons to retire: ‘I found I had a way with children’

Librarian Kay Lyons has journeyed with local children for almost three decades to places like Wonderland, Narnia and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but when she retires in March, it’s her turn. She and her husband, Rick Roy, will take some trips of their own, though never forgetting the joy she’s known. Read more … Continue reading Children’s librarian Kay Lyons to retire: ‘I found I had a way with children’

Plymouth Public Library Director Jennifer Harris retiring

After nearly three decades of service to the town, the director of the Plymouth Public Library is moving on. But Jennifer Harris will continue to work in support of libraries in retirement and may get even more involved in local government. Read more from Wicked Local Plymouth