Summer Software Grant


The MBLC is offering Summer Software Grants to support library participation in the statewide summer reading program. While these are called "summer" grants, our hope is that libraries will use the software to support year-round library programing.

The MBLC will be working with Beanstack to provide this service. Below are some important details:

  • There are a limited number of licenses; therefore libraries with the most need will be prioritized in order to ensure that everyone has access to an online summer program.
  • The grants will be for two years (2020 and 2021). You will not need to reapply; but once selected for the grant, if you decide not to use the software, please notify the MBLC so that someone else may use the license.
  • Funds will not come to the library, the MBLC has established a statewide contract with Beanstack and will pay them directly on behalf of your library.
  • Libraries will work directly with Beanstack to set-up their program and for any technical support.
  • Summer Software grants are made possible with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 


Libraries that receive Summer Software Grant funding are required to do the following:
  • Complete the MLS Summer Library Program Statistics at the end of the summer. 
  • Provide the MBLC with a registration link for your online summer program. This is for promotional purposes.


Massachusetts Public Library with current certification in the State Aid to Public Libraries Program. 


Libraries were notified in January 2020.


Current Recipients

 The following libraries received grants in January 2020 for Summer 2020.

Municipality Library
Adams Adams Free Library
Amesbury Amesbury Public Library
Ashburnham Stevens Memorial Library
Ashland Ashland Public Library
Belchertown Clapp Memorial Library
Berkley Berkley Public Library
Blackstone Blackstone Public Library
Burlington Burlington Public Library
Dighton Dighton Public Library
Dover Dover Town Library
Dracut Parker Memorial Library
Fitchburg Fitchburg Public Library
Georgetown Georgetown Peabody Library
Great Barrington Great Barrington Libraries
Groveland Langley-Adams Library
Hubbardston Hubbardston Public Library
Ludlow Hubbard Memorial Library
Manchester-by-the-Sea Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library
Mashpee Mashpee Public Library
Maynard Maynard Public Library
Mendon Taft Public Library
Methuen Nevins Library
Middleborough Middleborough Public Library
Millbury Millbury Public Library
Needham Needham Free Public Library
North Reading Flint Memorial Library
Northborough Northborough Free Library
Northbridge Whitinsville Social Library
Norwood Morrill Memorial Library
Orange Orange Public Libraries
Paxton Richards Memorial Library
Pembroke Pembroke Public Library
Seekonk Seekonk Public Library
Southwick Southwick Public Library
Sterling Conant Public Library
Sutton Sutton Free Public Library
Topsfield Topsfield Town Library
Townsend Townsend Public Library
Wayland Wayland Free Public Library
Westfield Westfield Athenaeum
Woburn Woburn Public Library