Governor Reappoints Commissioner Kronholm


July 25, 2016
Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
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Commissioner Mary Kronholm has been reappointed by Governor Charlie Baker to a five-year term on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Her reappointment is the first by Governor Baker, and keeps together one of the most active groups of Commissioners the MBLC has ever had.

"I am honored by the reappointment by Governor Baker, and for the opportunity to continue working for the betterment of library services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," said Ms. Kronholm. "We are in an exciting time as libraries are adapting to the unique needs of their patrons, and I will make sure that Massachusetts libraries continue to be the best they can be."

Although Commissioners serve as advocates for all of the Commonwealth's libraries, as a resident of Blandford, Ms. Kronholm is able to speak to the distinct needs of libraries in the western part of Massachusetts. She is one of the founding members of the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates, and served as an executive board member of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System. She is currently chairman of the Board of Library Trustees at Porter Memorial Library in Blandford and continues writing as a professional journalist.

Ms. Kronholm was first appointed to the Board by Governor Deval Patrick in 2011. She currently sits on the Public Relations Advisory Committee and the State Aid to Public Libraries Committee.

Learn more about the current members of the MBLC.

About MBLC

The Board of Library Commissioners ( is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.