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NYLA Library Advocacy Day 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 is NYLA Library Advocacy Day in Albany. The goal of the New York Library Association's Library Advocacy Day is to show our legislative represetatives how much people care about libraries by packing the offices at every scheduled appointment. With 11 RCLS legislators to meet with, we need lots of people to come and show their support. Please join us!

Click here to view the motorcoach flyer.  Click here to reserve  a seat on the motorcoach.
Information packets will be available on the motorcoaches for each registered RCLS afflicated attendee.  Click here to view the RCLS Packet of Materials (PDF formatted for 2-sided printing). 

Planning to drive yourself?  E-mail Ruth Daubenspeck at RCLS (ruth@rcls.org) to keep informed of issues and activities.

Contact your elected official - Click Here   RCLS Area Legislators (PDF)

  1. Appointment Schedule with Legislators (PDF)   READY!
  2. Map of the Empire State Plaza, Concourse Level (PDF)     Map of the Empire State Plaza (PDF)
  3. RCLS Talking Points  NEW  (PDF)
  4. 2017 Return on Investment for Services Provided by RCLS   (PDF) Updated 02.16.2017
  5. RCLS Information in Brief  (PDF)
  6. NYLA 2017 Legislative and Budget Priorities Agenda - Talking Points (PDF)
  7. History of Library Aid 2016-1991  (PDF)
  8. Library Aid Funding Gap 2009 - 2017 Graph  (PDF)
  9. History of Library Aid 1998-2017 Graph  (PDF)
  10. History of Library Construction Aid 2016 - 1984  (PDF)
  11. Thanks! to all our Donors for making the Motorcoach Trip possible!!!

For those riding the motor coaches, share your cell phone number with your motorcoach captain as the legislators may change their meeting location at the last minute if they are in session.

Don't be afraid to speak up when meeting with your legislators! Make your cases heard. Libraries and library systems need full funding and they need it now!

Concourse Level Map - Wear comfortable walking shoes, as you will be doing a lot of walking, taking stairs, and using elevators to get to all the appointments.

Security Information - Please plan for airport-like security measures in place in the New York State Capitol, the Legislative Office Building and its surrounding buildings. Be prepared to pass through a metal detector and have your belongings go through an X-ray machine to enter. All adults (16+) must show a photo ID to enter - it is recommended that attendees carry a photo ID at all times. In addition, items that are sharp or may be construed as weapons are not allowed in any of the Empire State Plaza buildings. (Including "sticks" attached to Rally signs.)

Due to the security measures and the number of people expected in Albany on Advocacy Day, please leave yourself plenty of time to travel between Meeting Room 6 and meetings with legislators.

Driving Directions and Parking Information for those going on their own.