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January 09, 2020 - MBLC Funds Summer Learning

At its January Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved $20,000 for Summer Learning Grants.  The Summer Learning Grant program, which is in its second year, aims to provide support to libraries during the busy summer months. “These grants allow libraries to take advanta...

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December 30, 2019 - New Library Research Databases

Residents across the Commonwealth now have access to five new research databases with topics ranging from genealogy and career transitions to science. These new databases are an addition to over 20 extensive statewide research databases that include the Boston Globe back to 1980, The New York Times, Gale Health and Wel...

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December 30, 2019 - 328 State Aid Certified So Far

At its December Board Meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved the final group of libraries that met all requirements for the State Aid to Public Libraries Program. To date, 328 communities have been certified and more than $4.5 million has been awarded in state aid funding. This is rou...

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December 18, 2019 - LEA Content Grant Amounts Increased

At their December board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved $500,000 of LEA Content Grants to the eight automated resource sharing networks that contribute to the Library eBooks and Audiobooks (LEA) program. This is a $100,000 increase to the grants approved at the November 7, 2019...

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November 22, 2019 - New Funding to Support Sharing eContent

At its November 7 board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Commissioners (MBLC) approved the Library eBooks and Audiobooks (LEA) Content Grant round which provides participating library networks with $400,000 in additional funds to purchase shareable eContent. These funds directly support the continually growing deman...

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November 20, 2019 - Former MBLC Chair Frank Murphy Passes Away

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is mourning the loss of its former Chair Francis R. (Frank) Murphy. “Frank’s leadership shepherded the MBLC through some challenging years. He will be remembered by us all as a person of integrity, vision, and kindness,” said current Board Chair Roland ...

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November 20, 2019 - Grafton Breaks Ground on Library Project

On November 6, 2019, the town of Grafton broke ground on the addition and renovation of their public library. The $16.6 million project is funded in part by a $7.4 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) grant....

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November 13, 2019 - Medford Breaks Ground on New Library Project

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, residents and officials joined together for the groundbreaking of the Medford Public Library. The $34 million project is funded in part by a $12.5 million grant from the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Project (MPLCP)....

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November 12, 2019 - Hancock among the 183 Libraries Certified in First Round State Aid

At its November Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved the disbursement of the first round of FY 2020 State Aid awards totaling $2,271,072 to 183 municipalities  that have met State Aid to Public Libraries Program requirements.  For the first time since 1975,...

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November 12, 2019 - New LSTA Grant Round Opens

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce the FY2021 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant round.  The MBLC uses federal LSTA funding to provide direct grants to libraries that allow them to offer innovative services for local residents. “Local funding can some...

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