Speak Up For Libraries!

 

Advocacy Alert!

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently released his 2019-2020 Executive Budget proposal. The Governor pitched his Executive Budget as a “Democracy Agenda” — but it includes the third straight year of drastic cuts to library funding: a 5% cut to Library Aid and a $20M cut to Library Construction Aid.

 

Libraries are fundamental to democracy and education and we must guarantee information equity for all New Yorkers through investments in library services.  Library systems could see 4% or greater loss to all state aid funding categories, which affects programs for all of New York’s libraries, including public libraries.

Access to information is a fundamental human right. Rather than a of a cut to library aid, we need to see an investment and increase in library funding. State Library Aid must increase to provide school, public and academic libraries and library systems adequate funding to advance information fluency through collaborative action.

All day today hundreds of library staff, trustees, patrons, and friends from all around the state travel to Albany to meet with state Senators and Assemblymembers and make their voices heard. Please speak up and let your legislators know that state library aid must be increased in this year’s state budget:
Visit NYLA’s online advocacy center for easy to access pre-scripted letters to you local representatives.
Through Social Media – use the New York Library Association’s Virtual Advocacy Day Activities support page to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the word out about #NYLALAD19
Don’t forget to call your legislators so they can see the level of interest among their constituents when it comes to supporting libraries. Let them know that you support $200M for Statewide Library Aid and Restoration of State Aid for Public Library Construction Program to $75 million.
Assemblymember Cahill 518 455 4436
Senator Amedore 518 455 2350