Library Advocacy Day- registration deadline: February 15, 2018

Library Advocacy Day 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Join your friends and colleagues on a bus trip to Albany to meet with state legislators. It’s more important now than ever before!

Advocacy Day in Albany!

It’s time for NCLA’s annual Advocacy Day bus trip to Albany!  We need as many library advocates as possible to communicate to our legislators the importance of libraries in New York State.

Travel to Albany and spend a memorable day with your friends and colleagues. You’ll be surrounded with lively conversation, camaraderie and a sense of achievement.

The trip begins on a luxury motor coach.  Bring a beverage of your choice and we’ll provide the bagels with all the trimmings.

During the trip you will be given briefing packets which will include the schedule with assigned times to meet with our legislators and additional backup information regarding the legislative issues important to our Long Island libraries.  To be even more informed,  attend a prep session at the Nassau Library System (see below).

We’ll meet at “the well” in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) and participate in the main event –  the big rally!

Why should I participate in Advocacy Day?
Library supporters from across the state will be heading to Albany to speak with our legislators about the importance of libraries and how they are a crucial part of New York’s education system.

Our communities need people like you (library staff, trustees, volunteers, users, and Friends groups) in Albany on Advocacy Day to help our legislators understand that libraries are a funding priority.

Your personal experiences are powerful. Share your stories about how the library impacts the lives of its community members and why your library needs stable funding.

  You can make a difference.

Your presence in Albany matters. 

NYLA’s 2018 Agenda

Libraries are Education – Increase State Aid proportionally with the increases in Education Funding.

Library Construction Aid – Increase investment in the Public Library Construction Aid Program to $30 Million statewide.
Share an experience that supports these points:
Libraries Are Education
Libraries teach early literacy skills in an environment dedicated to creativity and free inquiry.

Libraries remain open after schools have closed for the day, week, and school year.

Libraries are often a sole source of free tutoring and homework help.

Libraries provide adults access to free lifelong intellectual enrichment including those who could

not afford college.

Libraries are the leading digital literacy instructors in New York State.

Sandwiches, beverages, and dessert will

be served on the trip back.



Reserve your seat on the bus for Advocacy Day in Albany HERE.


A confirmation email with all the pertinent information will be sent out a
few days before the trip to the email listed when registering.

Deadline for registration is Thursday, February 15th

For more information contact Cathi Nashak at:

The Bus will leave the NLS parking lot promptly at 6:15am
on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Please be in the parking lot and ready to leave by 6:00am.


These sessions are being offered at the Nassau Library System for those who plan to participate in Library Advocacy Day on Wednesday, February 28 as well as anyone who wants to be a more effective advocate for their library in general.

Each of the 2 sessions will cover:

  • The current status of state aid to library systems and their member libraries
  • NYLA’s priorities for state funding
  • How Advocacy Day works
  • How to make an effective case for state aid with legislators
Tuesday, February 13
3:00 – 4:30pm
Monday, February 26
9:30 – 11:00am
Nassau Library System, 900 Jerusalem Avenue, Uniondale, NY 11553

Register HERE to attend either Advocacy Prep Session

For more information contact Roseanne Dorfman at:

Registration is required for all events listed. Dates and times are subject to change.
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