Thanks to everyone who contacted your elected official about library aid funding in the state budget. The state budget passed with General Library Aid increasing by $5 million (5.8%) from $86.1 million to $91.1 million and the Construction Grant program continuing to be funded at $14 Million. Please take a moment to thank your elected officials for supporting library funding.
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.
You’re invited to give back to your library by helping us plan a library that meets your needs today and tomorrow. Our Planning Survey is available online and at the Library. The overarching intent of the needs assessment is to determine community priorities for the library, including library improvements and possible library partnerships.
Take the survey now! It is anonymous and will take about 10 minutes to complete.
The Huntington Memorial Library is launching a strategic planning process and seeks your input. Please register for one of our Open Forums and make your voice heard. Our Open Forums are a great opportunity to tell us what you value the most at the library and what new services you would like us to implement. The meetings will be casual and conversational with the goal of planning for our library in the future and today. Registration required. Call 432-1980
Open Forum Dates: Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 pm, Wednesday, October 29, 11:00 am, Saturday, November 8, 11:00 am