Sutton Free Public Library receives $4,979,584 Library Construction Grant

Sutton Free Public Library receives $4,979,584 Library Construction Grant

Sutton Free Public Library receives $4,979,584 Library Construction Grant

Awesome news!! Sutton’s library has received a construction grant for nearly **5 million dollars**!!

For Immediate Release Contact:
Date: July 13, 2017 Betsy Rajotte, Director

Sutton Free Public Library receives $4,979,584 Library Construction Grant

NEEDHAM- July 13, 2017- The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has
awarded the Sutton Free Public Library a Provisional Construction Grant totaling $4,979,584.
The grant is part of the MBLC’s Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP)
which helps libraries across the state meet the growing demand for library services with
expanded and improved library facilities.

“The Commonwealth’s local public libraries provide individuals of all ages with invaluable
resources that they otherwise might not be able to access,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our
administration is pleased to once again support this important grant program that invests in
cities and towns across the Commonwealth.” Statewide, attendance at public library programs
has increased 49% since 2006 and every 5.5 seconds a Massachusetts resident accesses the
Internet through a public library.

“We’re sometimes asked whether libraries are still necessary in this digital age,” said MBLC
Chair Mary Ann Cluggish. “The answer is an overwhelming ‘yes’. Libraries are busier than ever
assisting residents with job searches or business start-ups, teaching residents to use new
technology or simply providing the only free space where everyone in the community can
continue their education. This important work would not be possible without the support of
Governor Baker and the Legislature.”

“The grant from the MBLC and the support from the community will allow us to build a new
library that will serve our residents for many years to come. We look forward to having a
facility that will provide the space, amenities, and parking that our patrons need,” said Betsy
Rajotte, Library Director. The new Sutton Library will be a 17,000 square foot facility on Shaw
Lane, off of Putnam Hill Road, near the center of Town. Drawings can be viewed in the current
Library and on the Library website

The average grant award is 45-50% of the eligible costs with the remaining cost incurred by the
municipality. Because the library plans to attain the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, it is also eligible for additional
state funding through the Green Library Incentive, created by the MBLC in 2008 to encourage
sustainable energy-efficient public library construction.

Provisional grants were also awarded to libraries in Dartmouth, Hadley, Kingston, Medford,
Norwell, Springfield, Wayland and Weymouth. The deadline for accepting the grants is January
12, 2018.

Twenty-four projects were placed on a waitlist for funding. Please visit
for the waitlisted libraries.

Funding for the MPLCP is authorized by the governor and the legislature. Funding for this grant
round is part of the general governmental needs bond bill filed in March, 2013 which included
$150 million for the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. This funding was also
used to award construction grants to eleven communities that had been on a waitlist for
several years and will be used to support a future Planning and Design grant round.
The MPLCP was first funded in 1987. Since then, the program has assisted hundreds of
communities in building new libraries or in renovating and expanding existing libraries. For
more information about the program, please visit the MBLC’s website.

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