The Great Give Back, held on October 19th, is a day for library patrons to participate in meaningful service-oriented experiences. 2019 is a pilot year that expands this initiative from Long Island to the rest of New York, and MHLS libraries have the opportunity to participate this year for the first time.
Join MHLS Outreach & Engagement Specialist Courtney Wimmers for a webinar to learn more about the program and how your library can participate.
Thursday, May 23rd | 2:00 – 3:30 PM | Online
Register for this event through the MHLS calendar
More info on the Great Give Back can also be found at https://thegreatgiveback.org/
State Library Aid: $96.6 million
As you know, Governor Cuomo proposed a $5 million cut in Library Aid in this year’s Executive Budget. The legislature rejected this proposed cut keeping a flat funding level for State Library Aid at $96.6 million.
State Public Library Construction Aid: $14 million
The Governor proposed a $20 million cut in capital funding and the legislature followed the Governor’s lead and carried through on a cut to State Aid for Library Construction, slashing that budget line by $20 million (60%). Language in the Assembly’s one-house budget that would have amended the construction program to provide for a 90/10 matching category as well as making a reduced match option in the program permanent in law, were not included.
To read more about the finalized budget view this week’s edition of the Bulletin.