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October 20, 2020 - Governor Baker Releases Revised Budget

On October 15, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker released his revised budget proposal for FY2021. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the initial budget originally released in January has not yet been voted on, and the state has been operating on a short term budget that was passed in August and ends on October 31, 2020....

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October 08, 2020 - Residents Take Part in Summer Reading Events

Despite most library doors being closed to the public during the summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 435,000 Massachusetts residents participated in summer reading events across the state. This total was made possible by libraries adapting to the circumstances and offering online reading tracking, virtual eve...

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September 02, 2020 - Massachusetts Reads for 1.7 million Minutes This Summer

From July 1 to August 14, libraries from across Massachusetts challenged their residents to read as part of the first ever First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades Summer Reading Challenge. Twenty participating libraries met their goals and were awarded prizes from the Boston Bruins including in game experiences and p...

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August 11, 2020 - Governor Baker Approves $115 million for Library Construction

On August 7, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Financing the General Governmental Infrastructure of the Commonwealth which includes $115 million for the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) overseen by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)....

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August 07, 2020 - The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners urges local officials to maintain library funding and staffing during the pandemic

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has been made aware that some cities and towns are laying off library staff and disproportionately cutting library budgets in comparison to other municipal departments....

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August 07, 2020 - Governor Baker Signs Short Term Spending Bill for FY2021

The Massachusetts Legislature passed the first budget of FY2021 which will fund the government until the end of October 2020. The budget includes level funding for all library line items overseen by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)....

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July 16, 2020 - Library Construction begins in Littleton

On July, 9 2020 state and local leaders gathered with residents to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton. “The community of Littleton is to be congratulated. This library is a legacy for generations to come,” said Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (...

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July 09, 2020 - MBLC Grants Support Local Library Initiatives

At its July 9, 2020 Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $454,305 in 40 grants to public, academic, and special libraries across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services....

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July 09, 2020 - MBLC Elects Officers for FY2021

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2021 at its Board Meeting on July 9, 2020....

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July 08, 2020 - MBLC Funds Virtual Programming for Libraries

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $72,461 in 27 grants to public and school libraries across the Commonwealth through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding that was distributed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). These grants are designe...

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