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What’s happening in Massachusetts libraries

August 10, 2018 - Governor Signs FY2019 Budget wih Increased Library Funding

Governor Charlie Baker has signed the FY2019 budget after the Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate passed the Conference Committee version. Included are increases to six of the line items that go directly to funding library services and resources. “We are pleased to see sig...READ MORE

August 03, 2018 - Governor Appoints Abraham

  Deborah V.H. Abraham of Needham has been appointed by Governor Charles D. 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 Progra...READ MORE

August 01, 2018 - North Dartmouth Breaks Ground

On July 17, 2018 local and state officials gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new North Dartmouth Public Library. The $11.8 million project is made possible in part through a $5.3 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner’s (MBLC) Massachusetts Public Lib...READ MORE

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Afternoon Tea

On a warm summer afternoon  in July, dozens of Plymouth Public Library patrons gathered to celebrate the institution of Afternoon Tea.  The theme tied in with the popular epistolary novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society that chronicles the occupation of the British channel island of Guernsey by Nazis during World War II.  It … Continue reading Afternoon Tea

Public Libraries in Massachusetts: An Evolving Ecosystem

After over a year of hard work, we have completed our “Evolving Ecosystem” report with Watertown based design and planning firm Sasaki and help from Massachusetts library patrons and staff who filled out our statewide survey last summer. The study was initiated and funded by the construction program, so that was the focus. We went … Continue reading Public Libraries in Massachusetts: An Evolving Ecosystem

Chicopee Library is “Combining Good Ingredients”

The MBLC offers an innovative category among our LSTA grant options for libraries that have come up with a unique solution to address a community need. One of this year’s innovative grants is Chicopee Public Library’s “Combining Good Ingredients”. Many Chicopee residents live with food insecurity, in poverty, and/or in poor health. The library was … Continue reading Chicopee Library is “Combining Good Ingredients”