Great news! Last week, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded Provisional Construction Grants to nine communities through the state-funded Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. Although not funded in this year’s recipients, Melrose was one of twenty-four other communities that have been placed on a waitlist and will receive grants as funding becomes available over the next several fiscal years. Melrose has been ranked 19th out of the 33 libraries.
This is a great first step and a testament to the library staff, trustees, and volunteers who have put a tremendous amount of time and energy in progressing the proposal to this point. For Melrose, MBLC library renovation/construction grant would cover between 40-50% of project costs.
The complete list can be viewed here.