• Summer with the Bruins

    New Bruins Summer Reading promotion materials available now!

  • A Universe of Stories

    Ready to use summer materials developed with the JFK Library.

  • Summer Promo

    Ready to go summer promotion!

  • New Construction Bond Bill

    Future of the construction program

NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

July 11, 2019 - Federal Grants Help Libraries Serve Community

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $318,224 in 29 grants to public and school libraries across the Commonwealth through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at their July 11, 2019 board meeting. LSTA grants are funded by the Institute of Museum and Lib...READ MORE

July 11, 2019 - MBLC Awards more than $13 million for Library Construction

At its July 11, 2019 board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded provisional construction grants to the Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton in the amount of $5,844,747 and to the Sharon Public Library in the amount of $7,485,943 through its Massachusetts Public Libra...READ MORE

July 02, 2019 - Construction Bond and Annual Cap Fall Short

The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) is set to receive $100 million in a new bond bill (H3687), falling short of the $250 million requested by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) to support the program. The MBLC also requested that the annual capital bud...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Eat, Drink, and be Merry: Food Programming in Libraries

By Lyndsay Forbes, Project Manager and Grant Specialist at the MBLC We all know one way to get people to your programs is having food. So, why not offer food programming? At this year’s Urban Libraries Conference, Christopher Morgan and Patty Sussmann from the Newburgh Free Library in Newburgh New York gave a great presentation … Continue reading Eat, Drink, and be Merry: Food Programming in Libraries

Libraries in the News

Medford to start work on new $34 million library

Medford is preparing to begin construction of a $34 million public library that officials said will allow them to meet a longstanding need for more space and improved facilities. In October, contractors are set to begin demolishing the existing 60-year-old library to make way for the new 44,000-square-foot facility, to be built on the same … Continue reading Medford to start work on new $34 million library

Fall River library goes from sharing books to sharing bikes

As regional planning officials work to attract the kinds of bike share companies that have thrived in larger cities such as Boston and Providence in recent years, Fall River Public Library has set a plan of its own in motion. Read more on the Herald News website

St. Louis and Boston Public Libraries Used Twitter Book Stacks to Face Off Over Stanley Cup

During the 2019 Stanley Cup, there was another rivalry going on in addition to the one on the ice between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins, which ended in the Blues winning last night. The friendlier sparring occurred between the cities’ respective libraries, the St. Louis Public Library and Boston Public Library, who were … Continue reading St. Louis and Boston Public Libraries Used Twitter Book Stacks to Face Off Over Stanley Cup