Library regains certification


Two months after decertifying the Franklin Public Library, the nation’s oldest, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners restored its status last week. The library, which was started with a gift of books from Benjamin Franklin himself, had lost its certification in February when the state oversight agency determined that its budget had been cut a disproportionate amount, compared with other town departments, and failed to meet the minimum standards for a waiver. Town officials informed the state board Thursday that they had added $50,000 to the library budget for this fiscal year, according to Celeste Bruno, spokeswoman for the commission. Based on the new funding, the state commission voted to grant Franklin a waiver “with reservation,” and awarded the library $10,000 in grants, while opening the door to additional state aid, Bruno said. - Jose Martinez

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