Of the 350 Massachusetts municipalities with public library services, 345 applied to the State Aid program for FY2020. Sixteen municipalities applied for a waiver of the MAR. 345 of the municipalities that applied were certified to receive State Aid awards for FY2020.
Hancock applied to the program for the first time since 1975 and was granted certification.
Funding totaled $9,901,081 for the State Aid to Public Libraries program. Additional funds were added as earmarks for specific libraries bringing the overall total to $10,059,081. One earmark for $25,000 was not for a Massachusetts public library and, therefore, could not be disbursed. The money had to be returned to the Commonwealth.
In March 2020, with COVID19 reaching pandemic proportions around the globe, Governor Baker issued a State of Emergency for Massachusetts and within a week library buildings closed to the public. Many libraries rose to the challenge and continued to offer services and resources virtually to their patrons. In response to the global pandemic, Commissioners voted in an emergency preamble to the FY2021 Hours and Materials Policies. This emergency preamble stated, in part, that municipalities had met the hours and materials requirements for FY2020 (reported in FY2021) as of March 10, 2020 when the Governor's State of Emergency went into effect.
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