News Releases 2022

May 24, 2022 - MBLC and MLS Increase Funding for Reliable Online Content

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) recently wrapped up a yearlong process to select statewide databases that provide every Massachusetts resident with trustworthy online content covering topics such as science, health, history, biographies and more. The ag...

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May 17, 2022 - Libraries Take on Summer Challenge

Libraries across the Commonwealth are challenging themselves and their residents as part of the Third Annual First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge began in 2020 as an option for libraries that moved summer reading to fully remote during the pandemic and runs from July 1 to Au...

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May 12, 2022 - Librarians trained on Creating Accessible Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) recently partnered with the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) to present the free webinar “Welcoming Patrons Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Late Deafened to Your Library.”...

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May 11, 2022 - Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings a Success

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has partnered with Walker Cares to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid to library staff.  Since April 2021, there have been 191 attendees in 15 classes on YMHFA funded through federal CARES ACT and ARPA funds....

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May 09, 2022 - Library Construction Cap Increased

Included in the recently released Baker-Polito Administration’s FY2023 Capital Investment Plan is an increase in the annual cap for the Massachusetts Board of library Commissioner’s (MBLC) Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP). In the plan the program’s annual cap, which is the amo...

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May 06, 2022 - Three Libraries Given Partial Construction Awards

Boston Public Library, Cambridge Public Library, and Grafton Public Library were awarded partial Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) payments at the May 5, 2022 meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). ...

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April 27, 2022 - The MBLC and Perkins Increase Library Accessibility

For the 1,700 public, school, and academic libraries across the Commonwealth, giving people equal access to library services is fundamental. But for the more than 780,000 people* with disabilities living in Massachusetts, access to library services is often a challenge.  The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissi...

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April 14, 2022 - Good News for Libraries in Proposed House Budget

On Wednesday, April 13, 2022, the Massachusetts House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee released their proposal for the FY2023 budget. The budget includes increases for all line items that fund library services....

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April 07, 2022 - Shutesbury Awarded Small Libraries Construction Grant

At its April 7, board meeting MBLC Commissioners voted to award the Small Library Pilot Project construction grant to the Town of Shutesbury. Over the past decade just two of the thirty-two libraries that were built as part of the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP), were in communities with popul...

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March 29, 2022 - Governor Appoints Jessica Vilas Novas as MBLC Commissioner

Lawrence native Jessica Vilas Novas has been appointed by Governor Charlie 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...

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February 11, 2022 - Mental Health First Aid Training for Librarians

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has partnered with Walker Cares to offer Mental Health First Aid for Adults to library staff.  “COVID has caused stress and anxiety for so many people and librarians are seeing the mental toll on their communities first-hand,” said Lyndsay Forbes,...

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February 07, 2022 - 347 Municipalities Certified in State Aid Program

At its February Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved twenty-eight Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MAR) Waiver applications. The MAR is funding from the municipality to support the library. This and other requirements of the State Aid to Public Libraries program help creat...

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February 04, 2022 - First Lady Lauren Baker and Blades kick off the Boston Bruins PJ Drive at Weymouth Library

First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker will celebrate the 15th annual Boston Bruins Pajama drive at the Weymouth’s Tufts Library on February 23, 2022, at 10:30am. She will be joined by Bruins mascot Blades for a special story time, craft, and games. Everyone is welcome to wear their PJs to the event and join...

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January 31, 2022 - Former Commissioner Alice Welch Passes Away

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is mourning the loss of former Commissioner Alice M. Welch. “Alice truly made the needs of library patrons her priority,” said current Board Chair Mary Ann Cluggish. “Her work with Friends and Trustees brought people together and impacted library...

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January 31, 2022 - Governor Gives Slight Increase to Library Technology in FY2023 Budget

On Wednesday, January 26, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker released his proposal for the FY2023 budget. The $48.5 billion budget includes a modest increase in funding for two library line items....

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January 06, 2022 - MBLC Suspends Open Hours Requirement

In an ongoing effort to support frontline library staff and encourage safe library services, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted unanimously to relax specific State Aid to Public Libraries program requirements. The vote, taken at the board’s January meeting, suspends the Hours Open Requi...

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