Support for Summer

Application due: November 20, 2018

The MBLC wants to help you make summer 2019 the best one yet.  We’re offering funding to support your summer library program in two ways:


Apply for ONE or BOTH!

Eligibility: Massachusetts Public Library with current certification in the State Aid to Public Libraries Program. No strategic plan needed.

Libraries will notified no later than December 28, 2018

Summer Learning Expanded
While summer reading programs are a well-established tradition, libraries offer many other opportunities for learning during the summer months. This program supports expanding the concept of summer learning in libraries beyond reading. Public libraries may apply for funds in the range of $500-2000 to carry out a project that promotes youth learning in their community during the summer.

Examples could include teen internships, youth designing an escape room event for the library, a gardening series in partnership with your local Parks and Rec, offering healthy activities if you serve as a summer lunch site, etc.

Libraries of all sizes throughout the Commonwealth are encouraged to apply.

Please note that grant funds cannot be used for:

  • Giveaways like keychains, magnets, or even books
  • Providing snacks, meals, or food service supplies, such as paper plates
  • Entertainment for programs that is not educational in nature or tied in with your program

While you cannot provide these items with grant funds, they can be part of your project if they are paid for through another funding source (Friends, library budget, partner in project, etc.)

Your Responsibilities for Summer Learning Expanded 

  • Spend ALL the money you were granted by the end of the summer (Very important)
  • Credit MBLC and IMLS on any promotional materials for the project
  • Brief summary of the project (what happened, for whom, and the benefits)
  • Summarize project outcomes
  • Let us know any lessons learned and if the project will continue in the future
  • Report on activity numbers (how many programs, attendance, and so forth) and what was purchased or created (created 8 STEM kits, bought 15 books, etc)
  • Detailed financial list of what was purchased with grant funds

Online Reading Tracking Software:
The MBLC and MLS have ended the contract for the statewide online reading tracking software, Wandoo. We understand that one size does not fit all and want to give librarians the opportunity to choose an online program that meets their needs.

  • Three summer software products, Beanstack, Litkeeper and Wandoo, will be available at a discount through MHEC. For those libraries awarded the grant, the MBLC will pay these companies directly on behalf of your library.
  • Please be aware that there is limited funding to support this program, therefore libraries with the most need will be prioritized.

Your Responsibilities for Online Reading Tracking Software

  • Complete the MLS Summer Library Program Statistics at the end of the summer.
  • Credit MBLC and IMLS on any promotional materials for the software.
  • Provide the MBLC with a registration link for your online program. This is for promotional purposes.


Apply for one or both on the same application form. Applications are due by November 20, 2018.

For More Information

Celeste Bruno, Communications Director
617-725-1860, x208
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403, x208

Matthew S. Perry, Outreach Coordinator
617-725-1860, x240
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403, x240