Everyone loves libraries – but we can’t live on love alone! NYS Library Aid funding has dropped dramatically in recent years, and we need your help to convince our legislators that libraries matter.
Advocacy Update: April 2013
Many thanks to everyone who contacted their state representatives on behalf of increased library funding! In this year’s final budget, the Senate secured an additional $4 million in aid to libraries, a 4.9% increase over last year’s levels. This aid will go to help over 7,000 public libraries in New York State!
FLLS 2013 Public Officials Guide
FLLS 2013 Talking Points
NYLA: Advocacy Tools
2012 Library Voting Guide
Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries 2012
History of Library Aid 1990 – 2011/12
History of Library Aid 1990-2012 Chart
Libraries are a vital community resource for everyone, everywhere. They offer equal and open access to the resources that communities need, and play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.
During these tough economic times, people need their library more than ever. They rely on the library to provide computer and job training programs, homework assistance, health care information, free education resources, and more. In 82% of rural communities, the public library is the one place where anyone can get free computer and Internet access.
Despite record increases in library usage, our libraries are struggling to meet community demand due to critical funding issues. Recent state library aid cuts have brought our current funding down to a level not seen since the early 1990s. Without adequate support, the library resources that our community members depend upon may disappear. Please help by taking a few minutes to speak up for your library today!
Ways that you can help:
- Contact your legislators by email, phone, or mail.
- Join FLLS at the yearly Legislative Lobby Day to speak with your officials in person (free transportation provided!).
- Stay informed about library issues and what you can do to help by:
~ reading talking points,
~ becoming a Facebook fan of FLLS,
~ signing up for the NYLA Action E-List.
- Write letters to the editor.
- Promote the value of the library at local government meetings and school board meetings.
- Contact your local library about how to get involved. Opportunities might include volunteering your professional skills, shelving books, or joining/starting a local Friends group.
- Speak up at every opportunity! Share your concerns with friends, family members and neighbors. Encourage them to become library users if they aren’t already – it’s often the best way to win new supporters.
Webjunction: Community Relations Resources
Advocacy Training Course: Turning the Page Online (PLA)
ALA: Advocacy University
The Small But Powerful Toolkit to Winning Support for Your Rural Library (ALA)
Advocating for Better Salaries Toolkit