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Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

May 11, 2021 - Pride joins Summer Library Partnership

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce that the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) team Boston Pride will be joining the Boston Bruins to encourage reading over the summer. Boston Pride are one of the four charter franchises of the NWHL and they rece...READ MORE

May 07, 2021 - Windsor and Phillipston Receive Grant to join CW MARS

During the May 6, 2021 board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved a Joining Networks grant which allows the Windsor Free Public Library, Windsor, and the Phillips Free Public Library, Phillipston, to join the CW MARS network. This grant provides for network firs...READ MORE

May 06, 2021 - MBLC Resumes Library Construction Grants

With a $13,871,314 provisional grant award to Amherst at its May 6 meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) resumed Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) grants that had been paused due to COVID-19. Amherst has until November 7, 2021 to accept the grant. ...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Cape Cod Students Gain Access to eBooks from their Local Libraries

Students from several Cape Cod schools are now able to access OverDrive digital materials from nearby public libraries using their student IDs. CLAMS libraries in Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, Truro and Wellfleet are partnering with the Nauset School System, Mashpee Library is partnering with the Mashpee Schools, Falmouth Public Library is partnering with Falmouth High School, and the seven Barnstable libraries—Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons … Continue reading Cape Cod Students Gain Access to eBooks from their Local Libraries

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