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Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

May 17, 2022 - Libraries Take on Summer Challenge

Libraries across the Commonwealth are challenging themselves and their residents as part of the Third Annual First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge began in 2020 as an option for libraries that moved summer reading to fully remote during the pandemic and r...READ MORE

May 12, 2022 - Librarians trained on Creating Accessible Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) recently partnered with the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) to present the free webinar “Welcoming Patrons Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Late Deafened to Your Library.” “One-fifth of the ...READ MORE

May 11, 2022 - Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings a Success

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has partnered with Walker Cares to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid to library staff.  Since April 2021, there have been 191 attendees in 15 classes on YMHFA funded through federal CARES ACT and ARPA funds. Youth Mental Health First Ai...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

How Two Mass Libraries are Approaching Accessibility

Public libraries are for everyone, right? As we gain more knowledge about the needs of neurodiverse patrons, libraries are implementing new ways to serve this population. Here are two inspiring stories from our libraries in Royalston and Medford. ButtOn Chairs Fidget in the Phinehas S. Newton Library (Royalston) By Kathy Morris, Library Director If you’ve … Continue reading How Two Mass Libraries are Approaching Accessibility

Libraries in the News

Voters back Jones Library project in Amherst

A $36.3 million renovation and expansion of the Jones Library will proceed after voters at Tuesday’s biennial election overwhelmingly affirmed the Town Council’s April decision in favor of the project. Read more from the Daily Hampshire Gazette

Boston Celtics display original championship banners for first time in 26 years at Boston Public Library

Boston Celtics fans can take a step back through history with a visit to the Boston Public Library, where the 17-time NBA champions’ legendary original victory banners are out of storage and on display to the public for the first time in 26 years. Read more from the Boston Herald

After 18-month wait, Erving Public Library holds open house

After a year-and-a-half long delay, Erving finally celebrated the opening of its new public library with an open house Sunday. The open house invited the public to join key workers who helped bring the library to fruition for music, refreshments, a raffle and speeches. Read more from the Greenfield Recorder