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Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program Contained in House Bill 3690This vital program helps communities build libraries that meet the growing demand for library services. This fall libraries in the following communities celebrated new library buildings: East Boston, Westwood, Millis, Granby, Foxborough, and Holyoke. There are also library construction projects underway in Athol, Eastham, Edgartown, Everett, Framingham, Salisbury, South Hadley, Reading, West Springfield, and West Tisbury. Nine communities are on a waiting list for funding. They are: Webster, Sandwich, Woburn, Hopkinton, Somerville, Stoughton, Hatfield, Sherborn and Leicester. The MBLC is seeking approval of $150 million for public library construction included in the bond bill filed by Governor Patrick in March, 2013. This will fund wait-listed libraries that are ready to begin construction and allow the MBLC to hold a new grant round. Learn more.

Municipal Records House Bill 2835

Staff from Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Town Clerks Association has worked with Senator James Eldridge of Acton and Representative John Keenan of Salem to file H2835. This legislation establishes a special legislative commission to examine the preservation and storage needs of municipal records throughout the Commonwealth. The MBLC officially endorsed H2835 at its March 7, 2013 monthly board meeting. Learn more.

School Libraries Senate Bill 1906

This Bill addresses the need for more equitable school library services and creates a Special Commission on School Library Services in the Commonwealth. At its March 7, 2013 monthly board meeting, MBLC voted to endorse the legislation.

The Massachusetts Center for the Book House Bill 3292

MCB provides strong programming with statewide reach for young families, school-age children, and adults. MCB provides cultural programming essential to the public library mission of being at the heart of the community. H3292 seeks to establish MCB has a public-private partnership. At it’s April 4, 2013 monthly board meeting, MBLC voted to endorse this legislation. Learn more about The Massachusetts Center for the Book .