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July 18, 2017 - Governor Vetoes Center for the Book; Maintains Funding in other Library Lines

On Monday, July 17, 2017 Governor Charlie Baker signed a $39.4 billion budget for FY2018 that included $320 million in spending vetoes. Funding to Massachusetts Center for the Book was among those vetoes. The budget is based on revised tax revenue projections for FY2018 that are $749 million less t...READ MORE

July 13, 2017 - Baker-Polito Administration awards $67 Million in Construction Grants through MBLC

NEEDHAM – July 13, 2017 – Today, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded nine communities Provisional Construction Grants through the state-funded Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP). Twenty-four other communities have been placed on a waitl...READ MORE

July 13, 2017 - MBLC Awards Federal Grants to 42 Local Libraries

At its July 13, 2017 Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $468,102 in 42 grants to public, school, special, and academic libraries across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is funded through the Institute of ...READ MORE

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2016-17 Construction Grant Round-Up

By Library Building Consultant Rosemary Waltos Congratulations to all the applicants in the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) 2016-17 Construction Grant Round. On July 13, the MBLC approved a total of $66,905,603 for provisional construction grant awards to nine libraries in the grant round. At the same time a new construction waiting list was … Continue reading 2016-17 Construction Grant Round-Up

Design Thinking Across the Nation

By Lauren Stara, Library Building Specialist at the MBLC For the last few weeks I have been spending part of my time with OCLC and WebJunction, helping with a IMLS-funded course. Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces is a program that is supporting 15 small and rural public libraries from across the country as they reimagine … Continue reading Design Thinking Across the Nation

The Island that Spoke by Hand – Uncovering the history of Deaf culture on Martha’s Vineyard

By Shelley Quezada, Consultant to the Underserved at the MBLC The town of Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard was once known for its larger than average population of traditionally Deaf residents.  Decades ago, in the Squibnocket area of Chilmark perhaps as many as a quarter of the population was Deaf.   On this part of the island, … Continue reading The Island that Spoke by Hand – Uncovering the history of Deaf culture on Martha’s Vineyard