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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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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Conserving and Digitizing Historical Resources

This program will support the conservation of library and/or archival research materials with significant research value of long-term significance. Proof of ownership will be required for any project that involves the direct treatment of materials. The institution must commit to maintaining the digital files and making them available to researchers for the foreseeable future both in-house and through the Digital Commonwealth.

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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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Full STEAM Ahead

Public Libraries offer an array of learning experiences that engages the preschooler’s curiosity of the concepts of science and that introduces how arts and science intertwine with each other. During the project, the library collaborates with local preschools and their Coordinated Family and Community Engagement programs (CFCE) as well as with museums, local businesses, industry (if applicable) and others to promote improved STEAM learning.

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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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Preservation/Conservation of Library and Archival Materials

This program will support the preservation/conservation of library and/or archival research materials with significant research value, including informational materials in print, non-print, manuscript, or other format or medium.. The completion of a Preservation Assessment and a library Preservation Long-Range Plan are required to be eligible for this program.

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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 42 LSTA grants totaling $468,102 to public and academic libraries throughout the Commonwealth in the FY 2018 grant round. Projects began on October 1, 2017.

Municipality Institution Name Grant Category Award $
Athol Athol Public Library Science is Everywhere $7,500
Attleboro Attleboro Public Library Mind in the Making $10,000
Bellingham Bellingham Public Library Financial Literacy for All Ages $7,500
Berkley Berkley Public Library Serving Teens and Tweens $15,000
Beverly Beverly Public Library Preservation/Conservation of Library & Archival Materials $21,830
Blackstone Blackstone Public Library Innovative $7,500
Boston MGH Institute of Health Professions, Bellack Library Framework for Health Literacy $7,500
Boston Boston Arts Academy Library Serving People with Disabilities $10,000
Chatham Eldredge Public Library Innovative $16,847
Chicopee Chicopee Public Library Innovative $5,000
Clinton Bigelow Free Public Library Framework for Health Literacy $7,500
Fitchburg Fitchburg Public Library Customer Experience $10,000
Framingham Framingham Public Library Citizenship Corners $15,000
Georgetown Georgetown Peabody Library Serving Teens and Tweens $15,000
Gloucester Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Preservation Assessment $4,200
Ipswich Ipswich Public Library Mind in the Making $10,000
Ipswich Ipswich Public Library Preservation Assessment $4,200
Lancaster Thayer Memorial Library Conserving and Digitizing Historical Resources $30,000
Mashpee Mashpee Public Library Science is Everywhere $7,500
Maynard Maynard Public Library Science is Everywhere $7,500
Middleborough Middleborough Public Library Mind in the Making $10,000
Milton Milton Public Library Customer Experience $8,500
Nahant Nahant Public Libraries Full STEAM Ahead $7,500
New Bedford New Bedford Public Library Customer Experience $10,000
Newton Newton Free Library Customer Experience $9,000
North Andover Stevens Memorial Library Innovative $7,500
North Andover Merrimack College, McQuade Library Serving People with Disabilities $19,509
Northborough Northborough Free Library Innovative $13,400
Norwood Morrill Memorial Library Innovative $10,000
Peabody Peabody Institute Library Mind in the Making $9,945
Pembroke Pembroke Public Library Customer Experience $7,500
Plainville Plainville Public Library Mind in the Making $8,500
Plymouth Plymouth Public Library Serving Teens and Tweens $15,000
Sharon Sharon Public Library Serving Teens and Tweens $14,671
Springfield Springfield City Library Citizenship Corners $15,000
Springfield Springfield City Library Mind in the Making $10,000
Sutton Sutton Free Public Library Innovative $10,000
West Bridgewater West Bridgewater Public Library Innovative $7,500
West Tisbury West Tisbury Public Library Customer Experience $10,000
Westford J.V. Fletcher Library Innovative $10,000
Worcester Worcester Public Library Preservation/Conservation of Library & Archival Materials $30,000

For More Information

Robert Favini, Head of Library Advisory and Development
617-725-1860 x237
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403, x237
robert.favini@state.ma.us

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