News Releases

November 17, 2020 - Commissioners Approve Funding for eContent Purchases

At their November board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved funding for grants to Automated Networks for Library eBook and Audiobook (LEA) content. This is the second year that the grant has been awarded to support the statewide lending of eContent in Massachusetts. During the pand...

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November 16, 2020 - New Space Planning Guide for Libraries

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce the release of Library Space: A Planning Resource for Librarians, a guide to planning new or reconfigured public library spaces. “This space planning guide will not only help plan flexible and efficient library buildings that meet a co...

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November 16, 2020 - State Aid a Winner in Senate Budget

On November 12, 2020, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee released their budget proposal for FY2021. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor’s initial budget originally released in January has not yet been voted on, and the state has been operating on short-term budgets with level funding...

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November 16, 2020 - Building Literacy: Library Construction Podcast Reaches 1000 Downloads

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner’s (MBLC) Building Literacy: Library Construction Podcast has reached over 1,000 downloads. The podcast, which started in April 2020, takes on the issues facing libraries and communities regarding library design and construction....

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November 12, 2020 - Kids “Elect” their Favorite Books

While adults turned out in record numbers for the recent election, kids of all ages were invited to go online and cast their vote for their favorite book. Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) tallied up the votes and winning the top position of #1 is Percy Jackson and the Olympians books....

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November 10, 2020 - New MBLC Direct Grant Round Begins

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce the FY2022 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant round.  The MBLC uses federal LSTA funding to provide direct grants to libraries that allow them to offer innovative services for local residents. “Libraries continue to ...

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November 09, 2020 - House Releases Proposed FY2021 Budget

On November 5, 2020, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released their budget proposal for FY2021. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor’s initial budget originally released in January has not yet been voted on, and the state has been operating on  short-term budgets with level fun...

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October 20, 2020 - Governor Baker Releases Revised Budget

On October 15, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker released his revised budget proposal for FY2021. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the initial budget originally released in January has not yet been voted on, and the state has been operating on a short term budget that was passed in August and ends on October 31, 2020....

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October 02, 2020 - Weymouth Celebrates the new Tufts Library

Donning masks and socially distancing, on September 28, 2020 residents of Weymouth gathered with local and state officials to celebrate the grand opening of the new Tufts Library. “This is a great day in what has become a difficult time for all of us and the world,” said State Representative James Murphy. W...

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October 08, 2020 - Residents Take Part in Summer Reading Events

Despite most library doors being closed to the public during the summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 435,000 Massachusetts residents participated in summer reading events across the state. This total was made possible by libraries adapting to the circumstances and offering online reading tracking, virtual eve...

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