2017 News Releases

November 08, 2017 - Residents Celebrate the Opening of the New Hopkinton Library

On Friday, October 27, residents gathered to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Hopkinton Public Library. The expansion and renovation was funded in part by a $4,533,000 Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)....

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August 11, 2017 - Residents Celebrate New Scituate Library

On July 18, 2017, residents and officials in Scituate gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting of their new library. The expansion and renovation was funded in part by a $4,985,480 Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)....

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August 11, 2017 - Leicester Breaks Ground on Library Renovation

On July 20, the town of Leicester celebrated the groundbreaking of their library renovation. The $8.9 million project is funded in part through a $4.2 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP)....

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August 11, 2017 - The MBLC Elects New Officers

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2018 at its Board Meeting on July 13, 2017....

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August 03, 2017 - MBLC Announces Statewide Patron Survey

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is conducting a statewide survey to better understand who uses Massachusetts public libraries, and why they use them....

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July 18, 2017 - Governor Vetoes Center for the Book; Maintains Funding in other Library Lines

On Monday, July 17, 2017 Governor Charlie Baker signed a $39.4 billion budget for FY2018 that included $320 million in spending vetoes. Funding to Massachusetts Center for the Book was among those vetoes. The budget is based on revised tax revenue projections for FY2018 that are $749 million less than the baselines use...

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July 13, 2017 - MBLC Awards Federal Grants to 42 Local Libraries

At its July 13, 2017 Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $468,102 in 42 grants to public, school, special, and academic libraries across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Se...

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July 13, 2017 - Baker-Polito Administration awards $67 Million in Construction Grants through MBLC

NEEDHAM – July 13, 2017 – Today, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded nine communities Provisional Construction Grants through the state-funded Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP). Twenty-four other communities have been placed on a waitlist and will receive ...

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July 11, 2017 - Library Line Items Lowered in Conference Committee Budget

On Friday, July 7, the Massachusetts Legislature approved the budget agreement made by the Conference Committee. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) saw dramatic reductions in funding compared to the final versions of both the House and Senate budgets....

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June 23, 2017 - Stoughton Breaks Ground on New Library

On June 23, 2017 Stoughton residents and local and state officials came together to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Stoughton Public Library renovation and expansion. The $14.5 million project is funded in part through a $6.7 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ (MBLC) Public L...

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June 12, 2017 - The MBLC Wants to Know, "What's Your Four?"

Reading just four books over the summer helps kids achieve academic success, that’s why the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), is asking residents “What’s Your Four?” First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker has already posted her four, and many more are expected to do the s...

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June 02, 2017 - Increases for Library Lines in Final Senate Budget

On May 27, 2017 the Massachusetts State Senate passed its final version of the FY2018 budget. Included were increases to six of the line items that go directly to funding library services and resources. Not included in the final budget was funding for the Massachusetts Center for the Book (7000-9508)....

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May 30, 2017 - The MBLC “Builds a Better World” with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum to celebrate President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday as part of the Library’s Centennial Celebration....

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May 25, 2017 - Construction Underway at Woburn Public Library

On May 25, 2017 Woburn residents were joined by local and state officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Woburn Public Library construction project.  The project, which is funded in part through a $9.9 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Massachusetts Public Library C...

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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)....

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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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April 28, 2017 - James Lonergan named New MBLC Director

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce James Lonergan as its new Director. “It is with great pleasure that we welcome James to the MBLC,” said Mary Ann Cluggish, MBLC Chair. “His depth of knowledge and understanding of how libraries work combined with his nation...

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April 27, 2017 - House Adopts FY2018 Budget

On Tuesday, April 25, the Massachusetts House of Representatives adopted its version of the FY2018 state spending bill. Included in the final version of the budget was increased funding for four library line items and the addition of funding for the Massachusetts Center for the Book....

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April 10, 2017 - State Aid Receives Increase in House Ways and Means Budget

Earlier today, the House Committee on Ways and Means announced its FY2018 budget recommendation. State Aid to Public Libraries (Account 7000-9501) received an increase of 4.5% above what the Governor proposed in his budget, taking the funding from $9,090,000 to $9,500,000. In the FY2018 Legislative Agenda, the MBLC req...

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March 30, 2017 - Libraries Help Collect Record Amount of Pajamas

To honor the 10th anniversary of the Boston Bruins PJ Drive, the lofty goal of collecting 10,000 pajamas for children in need was set. With help from Massachusetts libraries, this goal was surpassed, and a total of 12,150 PJs and $5,304 were collected, a new record for the drive....

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March 23, 2017 - Governor Reappoints Commissioner Resnick

Commissioner and Board Vice-Chair N. Janeen Resnick 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 second by Governor Baker, and keeps together one of the most active groups of Commissioners the MBLC has...

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March 17, 2017 - President’s Budget includes Elimination of Institute of Museum and Library Services

On March 16, 2017, President Donald Trump released his preliminary budget proposal which includes the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS is an independent federal agency that provides Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants to library agencies in all 50 states, including ...

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March 09, 2017 - Commonwealth eBook Collections moves past Beta Phase

The Commonwealth eBook Collection (CEC)  has dropped its beta status after the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted unanimously for the CEC to go live. “The CEC has made significant progress in making eBooks easier to access,” said MBLC Chair Mary Ann Cluggish. “Perhaps just...

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February 23, 2017 - Library Renovation and Expansion Begins in Sherborn

On January 28, 2017 Sherborn residents gathered with local and state officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Sherborn Library....

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February 21, 2017 - State Aid Awards for FY2017

At its February 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, 344 communities have been certified and more than $4,414,490 has been awarded in state aid funding. This is rough...

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January 27, 2017 - First Lady Lauren Baker Kicks Off the 10th 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 kick off the 10th annual Boston Bruins Pajama drive at the Children’s Library of the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square on February 1st. She will be join...

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February 17, 2017 - Eastham Residents Welcome New Library

On February 4, 2017, the residents of Eastham gathered to dedicate their brand new library. The two and a half year project cost $9,154,842 to complete, and was funded in part by a $4,331,923 Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)....

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January 27, 2017 - Governor Baker Releases Budget Proposal

On January 25th, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker released his $40.5 billion FY2018 budget, an overall spending increase of 4.3% over FY2017. The seven line items overseen by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) all received a 1% increase, for a total budget increase of $251,671. This is the firs...

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January 14, 2017 - MBLC Names Members of the Director’s Search Committee

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) today announced the members of the MBLC Director’s Search Committee, which will assist with the hiring of the next director of the Board of Library Commissioners. The Committee is chaired by MBLC Commissioner Jan Resnick. The search begins after Dianne Carty...

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January 13, 2017 - MBLC Director Announces Retirement

At the January 5, 2017 Board Meeting, Dianne Carty, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), announced her plans to retire in May, 2017. “Dianne’s work has strengthened the MBLC and positioned the agency to excel in the challenging landscape of library services in the 21st centur...

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January 05, 2017 - MBLC’s Strategic Planning Process is Underway

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce that its strategic planning process is underway. “Since our inception 125 years ago, the MBLC’s core work has centered on ensuring that all Massachusetts residents have equal access to library resources and services, but there ha...

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