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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 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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July 03, 2020 - Blades and Baker Library Challenge Kicks Off

Libraries across the Commonwealth are challenging themselves and their residents as part of the First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades Summer Reading Challenge which is currently underway. Since summer reading is different this year and occurring mostly online, libraries are tracking their goal throughout July remot...

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June 30, 2020 - MBLC funds Library Summer Distance Learning

During a typical summer more than 450,000 children, teens, and adults participate in summer library programs across the Commonwealth. Due to the pandemic, programming is largely virtual this summer and funding from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is helping many libraries make the switch. The MB...

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June 18, 2020 - The MBLC Mourns the Loss of Former Chair Greg Shesko

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is mourning the loss of its former Chair Greg Shesko. “Greg’s knowledge of all facets of libraries, his kindness and his capacity to listen brought people together and benefitted the entire library community. He will be greatly missed,” said curr...

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June 18, 2020 - Bruins Player from Massachusetts is the Face of Summer Reading

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce that Boston Bruins forward and East Weymouth resident Charlie Coyle is the featured player for the 2020 summer library program....

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June 09, 2020 - The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners stands with all who condemn racism and work for racial justice

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners stands with all who condemn racism and work for racial justice. We believe that Black lives matter....

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May 27, 2020 - MBLC and MLS Announce Reopening Recommendations

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) have released recommendations for libraries to begin a phased reopening of in-person services. The guidance is meant to work in tandem with the state’s reopening plan released last week by Governor Charlie Baker....

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May 20, 2020 - Scholarships Help Small Libraries

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and Massachusetts Library System (MLS) are pleased to announce recipients of the scholarships to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference in Wichita, Kansas, September 30-October 3, 2020.  “Librarians from small comm...

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May 20, 2020 - Bruins Prizes for Summer 2020

Summer Library Programs play a significant role in keeping kids and teens connected to educational resources over the summer. Research shows that reading just four books over the summer helps kids avoid summer learning loss. To encourage kids and teens to keep reading during the summer months, the Boston Bruins, in par...

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May 18, 2020 - Massachusetts Librarians Create Video Library

First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and public librarians from across the Commonwealth are working together to create an online video library available at www.mavideolibrary.org. This collaboration is intended to help children and families continue to learn and...

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