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What’s happening in Massachusetts libraries

October 11, 2018 - MBLC Adopts FY2020 Legislative Agenda

At its October Board Meeting the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) adopted the FY2020 Legislative Agenda. Funding to the MBLC impacts library services across the Commonwealth. “We appreciate the funding we received last year, but libraries need sustained funding in order to ...READ MORE

October 02, 2018 - Webster Dedicates New Library

On September 29, 2018 local and state officials joined Webster residents to celebrate the dedication of the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library.  This $11.1 million project is part of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner’s (MBLC) Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP). Webster...READ MORE

October 01, 2018 - Bruins Summer Reading Prizes Awarded

With the start of hockey season right around the corner, young readers across the Commonwealth received Boston Bruins prizes based on their participation in the statewide summer reading programs at public libraries. Prizes include at-game experiences like riding the Zamboni, high-fiving the players...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”