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NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

February 06, 2024 - 347 Libraries Certified for State Aid Awards

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) certified 65 additional municipalities meeting all FY2024 requirements for the State Aid to Public Libraries Program.  In total, 343 libraries have met all state aid requirements, 4 libraries reques...READ MORE

January 29, 2024 - Libraries Level Funded

On Wednesday, January 24, 2024, Governor Maura Healey released her $56 billion proposal for the FY2025 budget with investments in education, childcare, housing and climate resiliency. Except for a slight increase to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ (MBLC) agency line the prop...READ MORE

January 23, 2024 - Debby Conrad Reappointed MBLC Commissioner

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is delighted to announce that Commissioner Debby Conrad has been reappointed by Governor Maura Healey to serve on the nine-member board. Commissioner Conrad was first appointed to the MBLC in 2020 by Governor Charles Baker and has served as ch...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Benefit of My Public Library to me as a Person with a Disability

By Penelope Ann Shaw, PhD. I live in a nursing home. When I first came to the facility 21 years ago I was not able to go out because I was too sick. But my local public library – Thayer Library in Braintree, MA – brought me books to read. These helped me to pass … Continue reading Benefit of My Public Library to me as a Person with a Disability

Libraries in the News

Prime Focus: US libraries on the frontlines of homelessness

ABC News’ Jaclyn Lee reports on libraries being on the frontlines of the increasing homelessness crisis across the U.S. and how librarians are learning techniques to help.Watch this amazing news story

Art to reflect the community: Forbes Library uses anonymous donation to purchase a range of BIPOC art

A couple years ago, Forbes Library received a $10,000 donation from a donor who wanted to remain anonymous but also wanted the money used for a very specific purpose: to broaden the Northampton library’s permanent art collection.The library donor — the person lives in the area, according to Downing — told Forbes officials that the … Continue reading Art to reflect the community: Forbes Library uses anonymous donation to purchase a range of BIPOC art

You can now check out an all-terrain wheelchair at the Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD — For those who can’t go into the woods without help, Sheffield has a solution.With a state grant, the town bought a “GRIT Freedom Chair” that can be borrowed from the Bushnell-Sage Library’s “Library of Things” by those from any city or town with a CW Mars system library card. Read more from Berkshire Eagle