Calling All Advocates!
The Governor unveiled his budget proposal last week and it was not good news for Library Aid:
Proposed State Library Aid: $91.6 million
This represents a 3% cut from 2017 funding levels which would mean a loss of over $70,000 in the MHLS operating budget and a reduction in the amount of Local Library Services Aid your library receives.
Proposed Library Construction Aid: $14 million
This represents a 42% cut from 2017 funding levels, which would mean a $378,392 decrease in available construction aid funds for the MHLS region for the coming grant cycle.
Here are three things you can do immediately to help with this year's advocacy effort:
- Help more NY library supporters get enrolled in the NYLA Online Advocacy Center, numbers matter! The more people we can activate when the time is right, the bigger impact we can have with the legislature. Drive as much traffic as you can to this sign up form: http://bit.do/NYLAsignup
- Help us tell the story with photos and numbers! Participate in the Real People. Real Dollars. Campaign at your library! Rosendale Library is participating in this campaign learn more here: http://midhudson.org/real-people-real-dollars/ . Contact Ann Sarrantonio at the circulation desk for help with the ‘Library Value Calculator’.
- Join us, and encourage others to join us, in Albany for Library Advocacy day on February 28! MHLS makes the day easy by scheduling meetings with each Assemblymember and Senator that represents our region and through arranging transportation. Thanks to the generosity of area Friends Groups the ticket to ride the bus this year is just $5! That's a lot less than it would cost you to park in Albany let alone the cost of gas! To register and learn more please visit: http://bit.ly/2DfPnSc. Let us know at the circulation desk if you plan to go to Albany on Feb. 28, the Friends of Rosendale Library will pay for your bus!
Excerpted from the MHLS Bulletin Vol. 18-04 1.23.18