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April 01, 2021 - The MBLC condemns Anti-Asian violence and supports efforts to advance racial justice

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners stands in solidarity with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission in recognizing and condemning anti-Asian hate crimes. Any type of racism or xen...

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March 09, 2021 - Governor Baker Reappoints Comeau

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to welcome George T. Comeau, Esq. of Canton who has been appointed by Governor Charles D. Baker to serve on the nine-member board. Commissioner Comeau previously served as a Commissioner after being appointed by Governor Romney in 2004 and reappointed b...

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March 04, 2021 - Record Number of Libraries Certified in State Aid

At its March 4 meeting the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), voted to certify waiver applicants and one additional library meeting full requirements in the State Aid to Public Libraries program. Combined with libraries certified last month, 347 have been certified in the FY2021 State Aid to Public Li...

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March 04, 2021 - MBLC Chair Statement on Municipal Funding and State Aid Certification

The Board of Library Commissioners recognizes that the FY2021 State Aid to Public Libraries grant round has taken place in an atmosphere of continuing fiscal uncertainty as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. Despite these fiscal constraints 295 municipalities have met the Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MAR). Anot...

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February 11, 2021 - Libraries Awarded Grants for Remote and Virtual Programming

Libraries Awarded Grants for Remote and Virtual Programming...

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February 09, 2021 - Libraries Certified in State Aid

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved 294 libraries that met all requirements for certification in the FY2021 State Aid to Public Libraries program. State Aid program grants total $12 million, an increase of 33% since FY2018 when the MBLC made it a priority in it...

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February 08, 2021 - MBLC and MLS Support School eContent

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) are collaborating to bring more eContent to the statewide school eBook and audiobook program called Commonwealth eBook Collections: the OverDrive K-12 Shared Sora Collection, more commonly referred to as “Sora.&#822...

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February 02, 2021 - Governor holds Library Funding Steady for FY2022

On Wednesday, January 27, Governor Charlie Baker released his proposal for the FY2022 budget. The budget includes level funding for library lines that received a recent increase in funding from the final FY21 budget....

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January 29, 2021 - MBLC Supports Libraries with Community Memory Collections

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has awarded $33,600 to eight libraries across the Commonwealth for formal assessments of their community memory collections under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services....

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January 20, 2021 - State Aid Changes Aim to Help Libraries in 2022

On January 7, 2021 Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) unanimously voted to adjust policies to the State Aid to Public Libraries program. This is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Commonwealth’s municipal libraries, staff, Trustees, and patrons....

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January 19, 2021 - Outdoor Library Wi-Fi Provides Access for Many

When COVID 19 forced schools and business to switch to remote learning and working, it became clear that not everyone across the Commonwealth had access to high-speed internet in their homes or their communities. For the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), this wasn’t new information. Since the 1...

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January 19, 2021 - New Benchmark helps Libraries Stay Certified

At its January board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners took action to help libraries stay certified in the State Aid to Public Libraries Program this year. They adjusted the benchmark of what is considered a disproportionate library budget cut from 5% to 10%....

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January 06, 2021 - FY2021 Budget Finalized

The Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate overrode Governor Charlie Baker’s budget vetoes finalizing the FY2021 budget for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and restoring funding to the MBLC budget lines to the highest level in nearly two decades....

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January 05, 2021 - The MBLC Welcomes Commissioner Vicky Biancolo

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to welcome Vicky Biancolo of Pittsfield who has been appointed by Governor Charles D. Baker to serve on the nine-member board....

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December 29, 2020 - Governor Appoints Conrad to Library Commission

Debby Conrad has been appointed by Governor Charles Baker to serve on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The MBLC is responsible for library services across the Commonwealth including the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, federal Library Services and Technology Act gra...

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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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September 02, 2020 - Massachusetts Reads for 1.7 million Minutes This Summer

From July 1 to August 14, libraries from across Massachusetts challenged their residents to read as part of the first ever First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades Summer Reading Challenge. Twenty participating libraries met their goals and were awarded prizes from the Boston Bruins including in game experiences and p...

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August 11, 2020 - Governor Baker Approves $115 million for Library Construction

On August 7, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Financing the General Governmental Infrastructure of the Commonwealth which includes $115 million for the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) overseen by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)....

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August 07, 2020 - The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners urges local officials to maintain library funding and staffing during the pandemic

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has been made aware that some cities and towns are laying off library staff and disproportionately cutting library budgets in comparison to other municipal departments....

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August 07, 2020 - Governor Baker Signs Short Term Spending Bill for FY2021

The Massachusetts Legislature passed the first budget of FY2021 which will fund the government until the end of October 2020. The budget includes level funding for all library line items overseen by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)....

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July 16, 2020 - Library Construction begins in Littleton

On July, 9 2020 state and local leaders gathered with residents to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton. “The community of Littleton is to be congratulated. This library is a legacy for generations to come,” said Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (...

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July 09, 2020 - MBLC Grants Support Local Library Initiatives

At its July 9, 2020 Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $454,305 in 40 grants to public, academic, and special libraries across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services....

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July 09, 2020 - MBLC Elects Officers for FY2021

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2021 at its Board Meeting on July 9, 2020....

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July 08, 2020 - MBLC Funds Virtual Programming for Libraries

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $72,461 in 27 grants to public and school libraries across the Commonwealth through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding that was distributed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). These grants are designe...

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July 03, 2020 - Blades and Baker Library Challenge Kicks Off

Libraries across the Commonwealth are challenging themselves and their residents as part of the First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades Summer Reading Challenge which is currently underway. Since summer reading is different this year and occurring mostly online, libraries are tracking their goal throughout July remot...

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June 30, 2020 - MBLC funds Library Summer Distance Learning

During a typical summer more than 450,000 children, teens, and adults participate in summer library programs across the Commonwealth. Due to the pandemic, programming is largely virtual this summer and funding from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is helping many libraries make the switch. The MB...

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June 18, 2020 - The MBLC Mourns the Loss of Former Chair Greg Shesko

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is mourning the loss of its former Chair Greg Shesko. “Greg’s knowledge of all facets of libraries, his kindness and his capacity to listen brought people together and benefitted the entire library community. He will be greatly missed,” said curr...

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June 18, 2020 - Bruins Player from Massachusetts is the Face of Summer Reading

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce that Boston Bruins forward and East Weymouth resident Charlie Coyle is the featured player for the 2020 summer library program....

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June 09, 2020 - The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners stands with all who condemn racism and work for racial justice

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners stands with all who condemn racism and work for racial justice. We believe that Black Lives Matter....

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