The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has awarded the Town of Seekonk a $50,000 Planning & Design Grant to study the library’s building needs for the next 20 years and to develop schematic designs and cost estimates for developing such a facility to meet those needs. This funding matches the $25,000 appropriated for the same purpose as the Special Town Meeting in November. Seekonk was one of 20 communities to receive a grant from among the 28 that applied. See the MBLC press release below for additional information.
MBLC Awards nearly $1 Million for Planning and Design
On June 5, 2014, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted to award provisional Planning and Design Grants totaling $959,425 to twenty communities across the Commonwealth. The grants are part of the MBLC’s state-funded Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP). “We’re grateful to the Governor and the Legislature for their recognition that libraries are a vital part of our communities, “said MBLC Chair Frank Murphy.
The MPLCP helps libraries across the state meet the growing demand for library services with expanded and improved library facilities. “Libraries are busy,” said Murphy. “But it’s no longer just about books. Libraries are where people turn for help with technology, for support starting a business or for help looking for a job. The role of the library as a true community center continues to evolve and these grants help communities take the first step toward projects that benefit every resident.”
Twenty-eight library applications went through a rigorous independent grant review process. Libraries were selected based on many factors including community need, an understanding of future trends in library services, integration with the library’s long-range plan, support from local officials and a plan for community input.
Planning and Design Grants may be used for preparation of a library building program, architectural feasibility studies, engineering analysis of an existing building or alternative sites, schematic design, cost analysis of options, site investigation, and project management services. Planning and Design Grants are capped at $50,000 or two-thirds of the eligible project costs and require local match funding of up to $25,000. Libraries must secure this local match by January 31, 2015 to accept their grant funding. These grants and the support provided by MBLC Building Specialists benefit libraries that anticipate applying for Construction Grants from the MPLCP in the future.
This is the fifth planning and design grant round offered by the MBLC since 1999. To date, the MBLC has awarded 81 Planning and Design Grants. Through the MPLCP, more than 200 communities have completed library construction projects.
Funding for this grant round is made possible through a 2008 state bond authorization by the Patrick-Murray Administration and the Legislature. Library construction projects in Athol, Buckland, Dudley, Boston (the East Boston and Mattapan Branches of the Boston Public Library), Falmouth, Foxborough, Granby, Holyoke, Mashpee, Millis, Walpole, Westhampton, West Tisbury and Westwood were completed with MPLCP grants from the 2008 authorization in conjunction with local match funding. MPLCP projects are currently underway in Eastham, Edgartown, Everett (the Shute Memorial Branch of the Everett Public Library), Framingham (the McAuliffe Branch of the Framingham Public Library), Reading, Salisbury, Scituate, Shrewsbury, South Hadley and West Springfield. For more information please visit the MBLC’s website.
Planning and Design award details are below:
|Provisional Awards Recommendations|
|Amherst||Jones Library Inc.||$50,000|
|Chester||Hamilton Memorial Library||$41,205|
|Dartmouth||Dartmouth Public Libraries: North Dartmouth Branch||$50,000|
|Dighton||Dighton Public Library||$50,000|
|East Bridgewater||East Bridgewater Public Library||$50,000|
|Erving||Erving Public Library||$50,000|
|Falmouth||Falmouth Public Library: North Falmouth Branch||$38,860|
|Greenfield||Greenfield Public Library||$50,000|
|Hadley||Goodwin Memorial Library||$50,000|
|Kingston||Kingston Public Library||$50,000|
|Littleton||Reuben Hoar Library||$40,000|
|Lynnfield||Lynnfield Public Library||$50,000|
|Nahant||Nahant Public Library||$49,245|
|North Attleborough||Richards Memorial Library||$50,000|
|Seekonk||Seekonk Public Library||$50,000|
|Springfield||Springfield City Library: East Forest Park Branch||$50,000|
|Sutton||Sutton Free Public Library||$50,000|
|Upton||Upton Town Library||$44,220|
|Westborough||Westborough Public Library||$45,895|
|Westford||J.V. Fletcher Library||$50,000|