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MBLC Celebrates 125 Years


Stoneham Public Library, exterior shot

The lush Stoneham Public Library, last renovated in 19841

In FY 1984, $121,441 of the State Aid to Public Libraries appropriation was not distributed and subsequently returned to the state.2

Financial Statement - Account 7000-9501
• FY 1984 Appropriation: $2,890,260
• Total FY 1984 Expenditure: $2,768,819

Disbursement to Cities and Towns
• Payments to 243 cities/towns with over 2,500 population: $2,696,227
• Payments to 59 towns with under 2,500 population: $72,592

Unexpended Balance in Account 7000-9501
• Total unexpended amount: $121,441

TODAY: All money appropriated to the State Aid to Public Libraries program is distributed and $0 is returned to the state.

What else happened in 1982?

  • New York Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman nominated as a vice presidential running mate for a major party in the U.S.3
  • Cirque du Soleil was founded by two Canadian street performers.4
  • The Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to an outstanding college football player, went to Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie.5

1. Photo credit: Elizabeth Thomsen on Flickr [link].
2. 95th Annual Report of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
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4. Cirque du Soleil - Wikipedia entry [link].
5. [link].