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NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

August 01, 2022 - Governor Signs Budget with Increases to Library Funding

On July 28, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed the FY2023 budget. Included in the bill is increased funding to library line items at or above what was requested in the FY23 Legislative Agenda. “This is good news for libraries and the residents they serve,” said Massachusetts Board of L...READ MORE

July 07, 2022 - MBLC Elects New Officers for FY2023

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2023 at its Board Meeting on July 7, 2022. The Board elected Commissioner Debby Conrad as Board Chair. Ms. Conrad was appointed to the Board in December 2020 by Governor Baker. Her library career spans more ...READ MORE

July 07, 2022 - MBLC Awards Federal LSTA Grants

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) direct grants to public libraries at its July 7, 2022, board meeting. Federal LSTA grants are funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “Each community in Massachusett...READ MORE

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From the MBLC Blog

Massachusetts Center for the Book Celebrates the 22nd Annual Letters About Literature Awards

The Massachusetts Center for the Book has announced the winners of the annual Letters About Literature (LAL) program, a reading and writing initiative that invites students from Grades 4 to 12 to write letters to authors about the books that have had profound effects on them. The student honorees were celebrated in a virtual awards … Continue reading Massachusetts Center for the Book Celebrates the 22nd Annual Letters About Literature Awards

Libraries in the News

Need a mobile hotspot for internet service? Try a Cape Cod library

Can you imagine not having access to the internet? For most, the internet is more than just a way to read news or go on social media. It can be essential for education, work and even health care. With a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, libraries have been able to bolster their programs for … Continue reading Need a mobile hotspot for internet service? Try a Cape Cod library

Gloucester gets State Help Toward Library Expansion

Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library is closing in on a decades-long goal of updating and increasing the size of its facility with help from new state funding. The state Board of Library Commissioners announced July 7 it is providing Gloucester $9 million for the library’s $28 million renovation and expansion plan. The grant would grow by … Continue reading Gloucester gets State Help Toward Library Expansion

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