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What’s happening in Massachusetts libraries

June 11, 2018 - Networks Pilot Successful eBook Program

People have long been accustomed to getting print books from libraries across the Commonwealth. This kind of reciprocal borrowing may soon be possible with eBooks and eAudiobooks as well. Three automated library resource sharing networks representing over 100 public libraries: the Old Colony Librar...READ MORE

June 22, 2018 - Governor and Lt. Governor Encourage Massachusetts to Read this Summer

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karen Polito have joined a growing number of elected officials, local celebrities and readings fans to declare their summer-reads as part of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ (MBLC) What’s your 4? campaign. The MBLC started the ann...READ MORE

June 08, 2018 - Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Releases “An Evolving Ecosystem” Report

“Massachusetts Public Libraries: An Evolving Ecosystem” provides a unique, first of its kind look at how and why residents use public libraries across the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) commissioned this study in order to understand cooperative bor...READ MORE

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Get Your Garden Going at your Local Library

If you’re planning on starting a garden this spring, your first step may be to stop by a Massachusetts library. From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, libraries across the Commonwealth have opened up “seed libraries” where you can get flower and vegetable seeds to start your gardening project. All you need is your library card! … Continue reading Get Your Garden Going at your Local Library

Statewide eBook Sharing Evolves

By Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Library System Change doesn’t come from sitting on the sidelines, waiting. That’s certainly true for how the library community in Massachusetts has approached statewide eBook sharing. Six years ago the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) convened the Resource Sharing Unbound … Continue reading Statewide eBook Sharing Evolves

The Age of Enlightenment in Bellingham

By Shelley Quezada, Consultant to the Underserved For a number of months last year, residents of Bellingham were invited to participate in an array of programs for all ages that focused on environmental literacy including alternative energy  recycling and water resources. From March through September 2017 the Bellingham library carried out a series called “Enlighten … Continue reading The Age of Enlightenment in Bellingham