News Releases 2024

May 24, 2024 - Deerfield Celebrates Groundbreaking

Local and state officials recently joined Deerfield residents to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Tilton Library. Commissioner Karen Traub from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), Senator Jo Comerford, Representative Natalie Blais, and Koby Gardner-Levine from Congressman Jim McGovern’s of...

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April 24, 2024 - Maureen Amyot Named MBLC Director

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce Maureen Amyot as its new Director. "It is with great pleasure that we welcome Maureen to the MBLC," said MBLC Chair Debby Conrad. "With challenges to intellectual freedom, gaps in equitable service, unfair eBook practices, and library staff ...

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April 19, 2024 - MBLC Grants Preserve Historical Collections

Massachusetts libraries are home to historic and unique items that are important to a community's history and form a part of the Commonwealth's rich cultural heritage. Many libraries protect and share irreplaceable local records, in mixed formats of books, photographs, archives, digital files, and even memorabilia. Pre...

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April 19, 2024 - House Ways and Means Budget Proposal Released

The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently released their proposal for the FY2025 budget. This includes funding increases in the amounts requested in the FY2025 Legislative Agenda for the Talking Book Libraries at Perkins (7000-9406) and Worcester (7000-9402) and for Library Technology and Resource Sharing (70...

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March 15, 2024 - Bruins All-Star David Pastrnak is 2024 Summer Library Player

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce that Boston Bruins right-winger David Pastrnak is the featured player for the 2024 Statewide Summer Library Program, “When You Read, You Score!”  This summer Pastrnak will be featured on the annual READ poster available at p...

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March 12, 2024 - Timothy Cherubini Appointed Library Commissioner by Governor Healey

Timothy Cherubini of Williamstown has been appointed by Governor Maura Healey to serve on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Mr. Cherubini brings over 3 decades of experience in libraries and non-profits to the MBLC, including work in academic libraries, regional and national library n...

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March 12, 2024 - Governor Healey includes Library Construction in Bond Bill

On March 1, Governor Maura Healey filed the Mass Leads Act, which provides $3.5 billion in critical investments, including the Commonwealth's public libraries. The bill supports the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners' (MBLC) Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) with a proposed $150 millio...

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February 28, 2024 - Governor Maura Healey Appoints Kate Chang as Library Commissioner

Kate Chang of Somerville has been appointed by Governor Maura Healey to serve as Commissioner on the nine-member board of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Ms. Chang is the Vice President of Community and Government Relations at Pine Street Inn in Boston. ...

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February 06, 2024 - 347 Libraries Certified for State Aid Awards

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) certified 65 additional municipalities meeting all FY2024 requirements for the State Aid to Public Libraries Program.  In total, 343 libraries have met all state aid requirements, 4 libraries requested waivers, and toge...

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January 29, 2024 - Libraries Level Funded

On Wednesday, January 24, 2024, Governor Maura Healey released her $56 billion proposal for the FY2025 budget with investments in education, childcare, housing and climate resiliency. Except for a slight increase to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ (MBLC) agency line the proposed budget level fun...

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January 23, 2024 - Debby Conrad Reappointed MBLC Commissioner

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is delighted to announce that Commissioner Debby Conrad has been reappointed by Governor Maura Healey to serve on the nine-member board. Commissioner Conrad was first appointed to the MBLC in 2020 by Governor Charles Baker and has served as chair of the board sinc...

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January 23, 2024 - MBLC Names Members of the Director’s Search Committee

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) recently announced the members of the Director’s Search Committee which will assist with the hiring of the next MBLC director. The committee of experienced library professionals from across the Commonwealth is chaired by MBLC Commissioner Vicky Biancolo. The...

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January 08, 2024 - MBLC Welcomes New Staff

Several key staff members at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) retired at the end of 2023 after decades of service and dedication to the Massachusetts library community.  The MBLC is delighted to introduce 5 new staff members that will bring their energy and expertise to our team....

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