The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) will host a webinar for municipal leaders on June 15 to provide an overview of library operations, procedures and statutory requirements.
The MBLC notes that Massachusetts is not immune from larger national trends when it comes to local citizens and organized community groups challenging content in public libraries. Public libraries in Massachusetts have received four times as many challenges in 2022 as they did in 2021. Many of these challenges have been delivered directly to town managers or select board members.
Massachusetts libraries have been free and open to all since 1790, and Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in its investment in public libraries. The MBLC Construction Program, the state aid program, and MBLC advisory services support the commitment of local libraries to provide reliable information, quality service and diverse resources.