Building Literacy: Library Construction Podcast Reaches 1000 Downloads


November 16, 2020
Matthew Perry
Communications Specialist
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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.

“We are so excited to see that people are listening to the podcast not just here in Massachusetts, but worldwide” said MBLC Library Building Specialist and podcast host Andrea Bunker. “We hope that the information we are providing can give insights into the world of library construction for those who are contemplating or taking on a project.”

Started in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changing nature of operations and services, there have been seven episodes of the podcast so far taking on a range of issues including sustainable architecture, designing libraries for pandemics, and the history of the MBLC’s Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP). Upcoming episodes include talking to experts about HVAC systems and speaking to experts about advocating for projects.

The podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and BuzzSprout. If you have any suggestions for future episode topics, please email Andrea at

Since 1987, the MPLCP has guided communities through more than 200 projects. The MPLCP is nationally recognized and serves as a model program for other states. There are currently MPLCP projects underway in Grafton, Greenfield, Hadley, Littleton, Marlborough, Medford, Norwell, Sharon, and Sherborn.

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.