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MBLC Celebrates 125 Years


LSCA Highlights from 1976 - collage of snapshots

1976 LSCA Highlights1

On July 27, 1976, the MBLC voted to approve two major LSCA Title I programs:

The Depressed Areas Grant project identified the libraries throughout the Commonwealth who needed more resources to meet the needs of the economically disadvantaged communities.
The Exemplary Public Library Grant provided a one-time grant to libraries that provided substantial services to non-resident borrowers.2

The MBLC also got its first toll-free number in 1976.2

What else happened in 1976?

  • The Nation celebrated its Bicentennial. The Bicentennial culminated on Sunday, July 4 with the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.3
  • Jimmy Carter was elected U.S. president.3
  • A first class postage stamp was $0.13.3
  • The Boston Celtics defeated the Phoenix Suns to win the NBA Championship.3

1. Mediawrite (MBLC newsletter), January/February 1977.
2. MBLC newsletters, 1976.
3. [link].