Readers’ Advisory Summit

Thursday, June 16, 2016
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Beechwood Hotel
363 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA

Join other readers’ advisory enthusiasts for a day of information, hands-on learning, and sharing stories as MLS brings together years of experience with innovative techniques.

Becky Spratford, Illinois librarian and head of RA for All will talk about “RA Rethink: From Quaint and Comfortable to Cutting Edge.”

Joyce Saricks, (also from Illinois) will lead a hands-on-workshop: “Sharing Books: Notes from the Field.” Bring three titles with you to use in the exercise.

“What do you know?” Five 20 minute presentations from MLS members on RA topics that can be broken down and used by any library.

Also, on-site, all day, a 5 in 15 pop up studio. Record your own 5 in 15 for our popular RA series.

Registration fee will cover the cost of breakfast and lunch.

Register here:

For information on “What do you know?” or the 5 in 15 series, please visit the MLS Guide for Readers’ Advisory:


Strategic Planning Survey 2016 for library staff and all stakeholders

Dear MLS Members, Friends and Colleagues,

We have created an online survey to gather thoughts and ideas from those who were unable to attend our in-person strategic planning workshops. We would like to hear from as many people as possible so that we might create a strategic plan that incorporates the voice and addresses the interests of the whole Massachusetts library community. We welcome input from all libraries and all stakeholders.

Please respond by April 28th. Survey ended April 28th.

Please visit THE SURVEY to share your thoughts and ideas.

Thank you and all best wishes.

For more information on our planning process – CLICK.

Will Adamczyk, Chair MLS Strategic Planning Committee, MLS Executive Board, and Director, Milton PL
Abby Straus, MLS Strategic Planning Consultant (Maverick & Boutique)
Greg Pronevitz, MLS Executive Director

Breakfast on Breakfasts

The MLA Legislative Committee offers this information sharing event to encourage libraries to host legislative breakfasts that can inform supporters and elected officials about issues that are important to libraries.

Cosponsored by CW/MARS and MLS.

This event will be held at the CW/MARS Office is on the second floor of the Worcester Business Center, South Entrance. Left entrance as you face the building.

Directions Via Google Maps
67 Millbrook Street, Suite 201
Worcester, MA 01606

Click here to RSVP.

MLS-Northampton – Coming Soon

I am pleased to report that last week we signed a ten-year lease for office space at Potpourri Plaza (241-243 King St. in Northampton). MLS staff will move into our MLS-Northampton Office within 30 days. The space will be delivered in phases because part of it is occupied now. Phase one will be office space for staff members. We will also have scheduled use of a shared meeting room on the premises available to us.

Phase two will be delivered in November/December 2016 and will include a large meeting room.

In the meantime, renovations are in progress, computer networking is being installed, and we are excited to have found a permanent office in this central location with sufficient space and parking. We’ll schedule an open house soon to invite members to visit and we hope to start scheduling events at MLS-Northampton by the end of the year.

As you know, we sold the Whately facility in October. Since that time our office has been located in the facility in small temporary quarters hosted by the Town of Whately. We appreciate the Town’s hospitality; while at the same time we have been conducting a diligent search for new permanent office space.

I would like to thank everyone—members, staff, and elected officials for your patience and suggestions during this time and I’d like to recognize the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates who provided helpful assistance and advice.

Our telephone numbers will not change. However, please use the MLS-Marlborough mailing address for all correspondence because we’ll eventually be giving up the post office box (225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 229, Marlborough, MA 01752).

We look forward to seeing you in Northampton!

Greg Pronevitz,
Executive Director

MLS Welcomes our new Advisor, Christi Showman Farrar

MLS is pleased to announce that Christi Showman Farrar joined the MLS team as an Advisor on April 11th.  Please join us in welcoming her to MLS.

She brings strengths in  serving youth and families, community building, training, and   and will be working with members providing both continuing education and advisory services. Christi was most recently at a major online content aggregator as the Director of School and Public Library Products. She also has experience working at the Woburn Public Library and the Flint Memorial Library in North Reading. Most recently she has been developing workshops for teachers focusing on using digital resources to support curricula in the classroom.

Christi can be reached at: