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NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

October 08, 2021 - Amid Growing Demand, MBLC Funds Statewide eContent

At its November board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved $500,000 in grants to Automated Networks to purchase eContent for the Library eBook and Audiobook (LEA) program. LEA gives Massachusetts residents access to eBooks, audiobooks, and more from 377 particip...READ MORE

October 07, 2021 - Hadley Holds Ribbon Cutting for Library

On September 30, 2021, the town of Hadley cut the ribbon for a new public library, senior center, and fire substation, three municipal buildings that were built during the COVID-19 pandemic and had their openings delayed. The new Hadley Public Library was built with a $3.9 million dollar grant from...READ MORE

September 27, 2021 - Governor Appoints Karen Traub to Library Commission

Shutesbury resident Karen Traub has been appointed by Governor Charles Baker to serve on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The MBLC is responsible for library services across the Commonwealth including the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, federal...READ MORE

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From the MBLC Blog

MBLC Celebrates the Boston Book Festival

We never stop learning. Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) ensures that all residents, no matter where they live, have equal access to library services that improve their lives, including free-to-all eBooks, audiobooks, reliable research databases and access to more than 53 million items. Libraries help people learn a language, figure out the latest technology, improve health … Continue reading MBLC Celebrates the Boston Book Festival

Libraries in the News

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

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?