Current Projects

Computer Coding Camp (Innovative/Open)

Cotuit Library's project will support a Computer Coding Camp (C3) for preschool (ages 3-5) and elementary school (ages 6-8) children. C3 will comprise a week-long series of one- or two-hour workshops (depending on age group) that teach the basics of computer coding and computational thinking through analog and digital games, crafts and tasks. C3 will be repeatable throughout the year, adaptable for different ages and able to be run in-Library or brought to outreach sessions. C3 will benefit the Cape community as well as strengthen Cotuit Library's role as a regional leader in digital literacy training.

Innovative / Open Grants

Libraries of all types apply new methods to solve problems, build programs, and best carry out their library’s mission and plan. These projects meet the needs of a specific target audience. Libraries also use the Open grant opportunity to execute project from earlier grant years, but which are no longer being explicitly offered.

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Engineering is Everywhere (Innovative/Open)

The Boston Public Library's Teen Central will work together with the South End Technology Center to engage 7th and 8th grade students of the O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in monthly STEM sessions. These sessions will provide outside-of-the-classroom opportunities to participate in hands-on science and engineering activities. Students who participate in a variety of STEM activities are more likely to identify positively with STEM, and this project proposes to seize the opportunity to influence students to embrace STEM. The program's session modules will be developed with an eye toward augmenting STEM offerings in the Boston Public Schools and will fully support the mission of Teen Central.

Innovative / Open Grants

Libraries of all types apply new methods to solve problems, build programs, and best carry out their library’s mission and plan. These projects meet the needs of a specific target audience. Libraries also use the Open grant opportunity to execute project from earlier grant years, but which are no longer being explicitly offered.

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STEMsmart Teachers (Innovative/Open)

Today's pre-service STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educators need to facilitate exploration and direct problem-solving in the classroom. Today's academic library must have the tools, materials, and resources available for those teachers-in-training to meet that need. With this grant, McQuade Library's Educational Resources Collection (ERC) will provide pre-service teachers with a suite of STEM tools and resources, along with hands-on professional development experiences that will help them successfully integrate STEM activities into the classroom.

Innovative / Open Grants

Libraries of all types apply new methods to solve problems, build programs, and best carry out their library’s mission and plan. These projects meet the needs of a specific target audience. Libraries also use the Open grant opportunity to execute project from earlier grant years, but which are no longer being explicitly offered.

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Good Day Memory Cafè (Innovative/Open)

Shrewsbury Public Library will launch the "Good Day Memory Cafe" to serve the growing population of people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia and their care partners. The program will offer socialization opportunities to enhance participants' health and wellbeing, AND help sustain library usage patterns longer in life. Bi-monthly meetings will be launched by a team of staff and volunteers. The memory cafe model is designed to "provide a safe, comfortable, engaging environment where people with memory loss and their care partners can laugh, learn and remain socially engaged with others traveling the same journey."

Innovative / Open Grants

Libraries of all types apply new methods to solve problems, build programs, and best carry out their library’s mission and plan. These projects meet the needs of a specific target audience. Libraries also use the Open grant opportunity to execute project from earlier grant years, but which are no longer being explicitly offered.

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All Aboard, Greenbush!: One Train, One Book (Innovative/Open)

"All Aboard, Greenbush!: One Train, One Book" will connect the daily riders of the Greenbush Commuter Line to their local libraries in Cohasset, Hingham, Scituate, and Weymouth and one another by engaging them in a Greenbush-wide reading of The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway by Doug Most. The project will bring the libraries--their collections, programs, and services--to time-strapped riders through distribution of the book and project information at rail stations, onboard and in-library book discussions, local history exhibitions, and theme-related programming at South Station and in libraries; and will transform outdated perceptions of public libraries and introduce non-patrons to the digital and print resources and services available in their local communities.

Innovative / Open Grants

Libraries of all types apply new methods to solve problems, build programs, and best carry out their library’s mission and plan. These projects meet the needs of a specific target audience. Libraries also use the Open grant opportunity to execute project from earlier grant years, but which are no longer being explicitly offered.

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Citizenship Corners and Expanded English Language Services

Public libraries develop a range of services for New Americans. "Citizenship Corners" provide dedicated space for circulating materials and informational resources on citizenship and other immigration related topics. Libraries may expand existing English as a Second Language classes, or develop a Conversation Circles program.

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Customer Experience

Public libraries develop a two-pronged approach to customer service, focusing on traditional elements while embracing emerging technologies.

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Financial Literacy for All Ages

Public, K-12 and academic libraries strengthen their roleas a resource for improving financial literacy in their community or organization. Libraries design and implement a project guided by Financial Literacy Education for Libraries: Guidelines and Best Practices for Service.

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Framework for Health Literacy

Public, K-12 and academic libraries strengthen their role as a resource for improving the health literacy in their community or organization.

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Innovative / Open

Libraries of all types apply new methods to solve problems, build programs, and best carry out their library’s mission and plan. These projects meet the needs of a specific target audience. Libraries also use the Open grant opportunity to execute project from earlier grant years, but which are no longer being explicitly offered.

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Jobs/Career Information at Your Library

Libraries of any type provide services and resources to carry out programming aimed at serving the needs of job and career seekers.

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Mind in the Making

Public libraries establish or enhance play spaces for children ages 0-6 in public libraries. These play spaces are aimed at early learning and social interaction among children and their caregivers.

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Preservation Assessment

Libraries of any type undertake an institutional preservation assessment using the services of a preservation consultant, and generate a report that may be used to guide future preservation activities.

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Readers Advisory

Public or institutional libraries plan and implement a project designed to train staff in the techniques of Readers’ Advisory.

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Science is Everywhere

Public and school libraries plan and implement a project using the Science Quest manual or similar science curriculum developed through other library STEM projects.

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Serving People with Disabilities

Over a two year span, libraries plan and implement a project based on the specific needs identified by the library. The MBLC makes available information on how to conduct a library scan and community assessment.

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Serving Tweens and Teens

Over a two year period, libraries carry out a targeted program aimed at middle and high school-aged "tweens" and "teen". Libraries conduct a preliminary needs assessment, including surveys or focus groups with teens as well as interviews with community leaders, parents, and teachers

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The MBLC awarded 34 LSTA grants totaling $309,453 to public and academic libraries throughout the Commonwealth in the FY 2017 grant round. Projects began on October 1, 2016.

Municipality Institution Name Grant Category Award $
Amherst Jones Library Mind in the Making $10,000
Andover Memorial Hall Library Preservation Assessment $4,200
Barnstable Cotuit Library Innovative - Computer Coding Camp (C3) $7,956
Barnstable Marstons Mills Public Library Customer Experience $10,000
Barre Woods Memorial Library Mind in the Making $10,000
Bellingham Bellingham Public Library Mind in the Making $10,000
Boston Boston Public Library Innovative - Engineering is Everywhere $7,500
Chelsea Chelsea Public Library Citizenship Corners and Expanded English Language Services $15,000
Cohasset Paul Pratt Memorial Library Serving People with Disabilities $9,889
Concord Concord Free Public Library Mind in the Making $7,500
Framingham Framingham State Library, Henry Whittemore Library Jobs/Career Information at Your Library $6,288
Framingham Framingham Public Library Mind in the Making $7,500
Maynard Maynard Public Library Financial Literacy for All Ages $6,300
Melrose Melrose Public Library Science is Everywhere $7,500
Montague Montague Public Libraries Science is Everywhere $7,500
Needham Needham Free Public Library Science is Everywhere $7,500
North Andover Merrimack College, McQuade Library Innovative - STEMsmart Teachers $7,860
Northborough Northborough Public Library Mind in the Making $10,000
Oak Bluffs Oak Bluffs Public Library Serving People with Disabilities $15,000
Quincy Thomas Crane Public Library Preservation Assessment $4,200
Quincy Thomas Crane Public Library Citizenship Corners and Expanded English Language Services $15,000
Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Public Library Innovative - Good Day Memory Café $10,000
Somerset Somerset Public Library Mind in the Making $10,000
Somerville Somerville Public Library Customer Experience $9,109
South Hadley South Hadley Public Library Serving Tweens and Teens $15,000
Stoneham Stoneham Public Library Framework for Health Literacy $7,500
Sunderland Sunderland Public Library Customer Experience $8,876
Swampscott Swampscott Public Library Mind in the Making $7,500
Tisbury Vineyard Haven Public Library Mind in the Making $10,000
Tyngsborough Tyngsborough Public Library Preservation Assessment $4,200
West Tisbury West Tisbury Public Library Framework for Health Literacy $7,500
Westwood Westwood Public Library Reader's Advisory $7,500
Weymouth Weymouth Public Libraries Innovative - All Aboard, Greenbush!: One Train, One Book $21,375
Worcester Worcester Public Library Preservation Assessment $4,200

For More Information

Ruth Urell, Head of Library Advisory & Development
617-725-1860 x237
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403, x237
ruth.urell@state.ma.us

Amy Clayton, Administrative Coordinator
617-725-1860 x228
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403, x228
amy.clayton@state.ma.us