News Releases

February 19, 2020 - First Lady Lauren Baker Celebrates the 13th Annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce that First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker will celebrate the 13th annual Boston Bruins Pajama drive at the East Forest Park Branch of Springfield City Library on February 21, 2020 at 1:00pm. She will be joined by MBLC Commissioner Mar...

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February 13, 2020 - MBLC Begins Strategic Planning Process

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has begun its strategic planning process to guide its activities as an agency for the next five years. “We are excited to be undertaking this process” said MBLC Director James Lonergan. “Our goal is to create a ‘living’ plan that prov...

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February 11, 2020 - MBLC and MLS part of a national effort to transform teen library services

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is joining state library agencies from across the nation to participate in Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach, developed by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) to ...

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February 07, 2020 - Final group certified in State Aid

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) certified the Duxbury Public Library which joined the 328 libraries meeting all FY2020 requirements for the State Aid to Public Libraries Program.  So far, libraries have been awarded  $4,899,035.76 in state funding. The awa...

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February 06, 2020 - The Resilience of East Forest Park

On December 19, 2019 local and state officials joined neighbors and Springfield residents to celebrate the opening of the new East Forest Park Branch of the Springfield City Library. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno commended the resilience of the East Forest Park neighborhood that withstood a devastating tornado in 201...

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January 27, 2020 - Governor Releases FY2021 Budget Recommendation

On January 22, 2020, Governor Baker released his budget proposal for FY2021. It includes a $233,779 increase for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners administrative line (7000-9101); a 1% increase in funding for State Aid to Regional Libraries (7000-9401), State Aid to Public Libraries (7000-9501)...

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January 09, 2020 - MBLC Funds Summer Learning

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved $20,000 for Summer Learning Grants.  The Summer Learning Grant program, which is in its second year, aims to provide support to libraries during the busy summer months. “These grants allow libraries to take advanta...

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December 30, 2019 - New Library Research Databases

Residents across the Commonwealth now have access to five new research databases with topics ranging from genealogy and career transitions to science. These new databases are an addition to over 20 extensive statewide research databases that include the Boston Globe back to 1980, The New York Times, Gale Health and Wel...

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December 30, 2019 - 328 State Aid Certified So Far

At its December Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved the final group of libraries that met all requirements for the State Aid to Public Libraries Program. To date, 328 communities have been certified and more than $4.5 million has been awarded in state aid funding. This is rou...

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December 18, 2019 - LEA Content Grant Amounts Increased

At their December board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved $500,000 of LEA Content Grants to the eight automated resource sharing networks that contribute to the Library eBooks and Audiobooks (LEA) program. This is a $100,000 increase to the grants approved at the November 7, 2019...

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