HML’s National Library Week List of Library Services To Take Advantage Of Today! #3 – The Friends of HML. The Friends group provides programming and home delivery for patrons. They also advocate and raise funds for the library. This group is well worth joining – become a member today! Read more about the Friends Group.
We are excited to announce a new database available at the Four County Research Center. We have partnered with Driving-Test.org to offer free DMV practice tests. This new service will offer ten car, five motorcycle, and three CDL practice test along with three online manuals. The site also includes a handy FAQ section, accessibility tools that allows users to hear selections read aloud, translate pages into other languages, and the ability to magnify text. The link to the website is: http://4cls.driving-tests.org/new-york/, or go to the Research Center at 4cls.org and click on the heading Job Help & Practice Tests.
Send a message in support of NY libraries. According to the New York Library Association, Governor Cuomo, despite having an extra $5.5 billion in revenue this year and proposing up to a 4.8% increase in state education funding has proposed flat funding for our community libraries. Last year, the Governor poposed a 4.7% cut in local library aid yet a 3.8% increase in education funding. In fact, last year, the approved state budget included a 5.7% increase in education funding but only a 1.2% increase in local library aid. New York State Education Law requires library aid for 2015-2016 to be $102.6 million based on the most recent census data. The Governor’s flat funding proposal puts state library aid at 86.6 million which is equivalent to 1997 funding. This is $16 million short of where the budget should be. Please use this pre-written letter to voice your support for full funding for libraries in the coming budget year.