Upcoming Events

Title:Trustee Orientation @ Granby Free Public Library
Date:Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Time:6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:Granby Free Public Library
Categories:Trustees & Friends
Registration:Registration is required for this event.

Trustee Orientations return to in person sessions with a completely updated program. These orientations are run by MBLC staff who support library trustees in Massachusetts, Maura Deedy, Library Advisory Specialist and Rob Favini, Head of Library and Advisory Development. 

Attendees will learn about their roles and responsibilities as a trustee, best practices for relationship building with library director and community, and the role of advocacy as a trustee. This session will be interactive, with ample time for discussion and questions. Trustees of all tenure are invited to attend, along with library directors and prospective trustees. 

Trustee Orientations may be canceled due to low registration. Participants will be notified and a cancellation notice will be added to the MBLC calendar.

5pm: Optional Library Tour hosted by Library Director 
6pm to 8pm: Trustee Orientation 
Program will follow all local COVID-19 policies and mandates. 

Directions and Parking information: 



Title:MBLC Board Meeting (October)
Date:Thursday, October 6, 2022
Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
Location:Grafton Public Library
Categories:MBLC Board Meeting

Regular monthly board meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Agenda for October 6, 2022, Regular Monthly Board Meeting.

The regular monthly business meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at the Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common, Grafton Massachusetts. It will be a hybrid meeting. Refreshments will be available at 9:45 A.M.

Representatives of MBLC-affiliated organizations and members of the public are welcome to either continue attending remotely or to attend in person. For the safety of everyone we encourage all participates attending in person to take a COVID test before the meeting. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XjSoobXKx3y7Lc4XhhqD8HciKQFy5SdN?usp=sharing

Materials on Google Drive are all PDF:

  • Combined Board Docs—October 6, 2002 (Includes all files)
  • Public Notice- October 6, 2002
  • FY2023 October 6 - Board Agenda
  • Draft Minutes from Regular Meeting on September 1, 2022 (Action)
  • Agenda 7- Network Grants (Action)
  • Agenda 8- LEA Grants (Action)
  • Agenda 9- SACL Recommendation (Action)
  • Agenda 10- State Aid Policies
  • Agenda 11- MBLC Budget

Zoom Information

Topic: MBLC Monthly Board Meeting


Meeting ID: 852 5797 3421/ Passcode: 530877
Dial in number: (646) 558-8656/ Meeting ID:
852 5797 3421

Please Rachel Masse if you have any accessibility issues.

Title:Trustee Deep Dives: Collection Development and Intellectual Freedom
Date:Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Time:2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Maura Deedy
Categories:Trustees & Friends
Registration:Registration is required for this event.

Join us for a new monthly series that will bring trustees together for an in-depth conversation on trustee roles and responsibilities. Each month explore a different topic, with a brief overview presented by Maura Deedy, Library Advisory Specialist, or with an expert special guest, with time for questions and conversation. This is a space to connect with other trustees across the state, make connections and build your toolkit to be an effective trustee.

Title:Friends Sharing with Friends Coffee Hour - Membership and Donor Management Software
Date:Thursday, October 20, 2022
Time:6:00pm - 7:00pm
Categories:Trustees & Friends
Registration:Registration is required for this event.

Please join Friends across the state for the monthly Friends Sharing with Friends Coffee Hour hosted by Maura Deedy, Library Advisory Specialsit at MBLC. 

In October, we'll talk about Membership and Donor Management Software. Are you using software like Little Green Light or Square Space or Network for Good? Come share your experience with these platforms. 

Fill out this survey to help build a resource guide to help others: https://mblc.libwizard.com/f/Donor_Membership_Software

Come to discuss your current and forthcoming activities, share success and lessons learned from past activities. These sessions are not recorded.

If you have questions or would like to present at a session, please be in touch with Maura Deedy at maura.deedy@mass.gov. 

Title:MLTA Annual Meeting and Program
Date:Saturday, October 22, 2022
Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
Location:Shrewsbury Public Library
Categories:Trustees & Friends
Registration:Registration is required for this event.


Saturday October 22, 2022
10 AM- 1 PM

Shrewsbury Public Library


Presentation by Dr Martin Garnar,
Director of Libraries at Amherst College,

Chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee

Editor of the 10th edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual

Lunch with author Stephen McCauley
Author , Brandeis University professor, and library supporter extraordinaire

Seven novels, 2 made into films, and does his writing in libraries


Trustee of the Year Award
Nomination form on the MLTA website