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May 16, 2017 - Library Line Items Receive Increases in Senate Ways and Means Budget

On May 16, 2017 the Senate Committee on Ways and Means announced its FY2018 budget recommendation. Included were increases to six of the line items that go directly to funding library services and resources. Not included in the recommendation was funding for the Massachusetts Center for the Book (7000-9508)....


May 11, 2017 - Changes Give More Flexibility to State Aid Program

At its May Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) unanimously approved changes to the State Aid to Public Libraries Program.  The program, which is voluntary, annually certifies public libraries who meet State Aid requirements. Certified libraries receive state funding that supports...


May 11, 2017 - Funding Constraints Result in Fewer Online Resources

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) recently announced that the MBLC has awarded contracts to Gale Cengage, Inc., ProQuest, Inc. and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. for statewide online magazine, newspaper, e-reference and encyclopedia databases to begin on ...


May 10, 2017 - Summer Fun at the Library with the Boston Bruins

Since the summer of 2009, the Boston Bruins have been partnering with Massachusetts libraries to present “When You Read, You Score!” The summer reading program encourages children and teens to read over the summer months so they may avoid the "summer slide" and maintain skills they've learned over the acade...


April 28, 2017 - Webster Breaks Ground on New Library Building

On April 4, 2017, Webster residents, officials, and librarians gathered as they broke ground on construction of their brand new library. The project is funded in part by a $7,567,411 grant through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. This project has...


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