Our Libraries Need Your Support!

Governor Cuomo is finalizing his Executive Budget proposal, and NOW is the time to SPEAK UP FOR LIBRARY FUNDING!  State funding enables NCLS to provide services to our members such as:

  • Delivery
  • System-wide databases
  • Reference and non-fiction materials
  • Outreach services

Without State aid, libraries would not be able to provides these essential services to their patrons. 

What can you do?

1.  Contact the Governor:  Please take a moment and contact our Governor Cuomo and let him know how important it is for the State to support our libraries at the funding level they need.  Tell the Govenor NO MORE CUTS TO LIBRARY FUNDING!  State Education Law mandates Library Aid be $102.6M for the upcoming year – current funding of $95.6M is inadequate, let alone a cut back. To make contacting the Govenor easier for you, NYLA has created an online pre-drafted letter that is directly sent to your local representative.  The link to the letter is located at the HERE.  NYLA has also released the 2017 NYLA Legislative and Budgetary Priorities – check them out!

2.  Attend Library Advocacy Day in Albany:  Mark your calendars!  Library Advocacy 2017 will take place on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  It's a great opportunity to rally with fellow library supporters and meet with your local representatives at their Albany office.  More information about the event can be found HERE.  To help defray the cost of attending Library Advocacy Day, NCLS is offering stipends in the amount of $225.  These reimbursement stipends are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available to library staff, trustees and volunteers.  To request a stipend, email proes@ncls.org with the following information: name, library, role and phone number by February 3rd.

Thank you for speaking up for libraries!

Ritchie Secures Funding for North Country Libraries

North country libraries are getting a financial boost from the state with help from State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton.

Sen. Ritchie announced Tuesday that she secured $135,000 in funding for 32 libraries in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. The funding will also support two library networks in her district as well as build “Little Libraries.”

Read the full article from the Watertown Daily Times here.

Updating the NCLS professional collection

We've been hard at work updating the NCLS professional collection, weeding out the MUSTIEs and replacing them with shiny new resources to help you plan your next building project, soup up your storytime, or check out the latest on intellectual freedom. Place a hold today, or check one out at the Annual Meeting!

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40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits

Club Programs for Teens: 100 Activities for the Entire Year

Defusing the Angry Patron, Second Edition

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