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NYLA Library Advocacy Day 2021

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 is NYLA Library Advocacy Day in Albany. The goal of the New York Library Association's Library Advocacy Day is to show our legislative representatives 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 reserve  a seat on the motor coach.  Click here to view the motor coach flyer. 
Information packets will be available on the motor coaches for each registered RCLS attendee. 
Planning to drive yourself?  Click here to register.  Under "What is your preferred pickup location?" click on "Drive myself."Click here to view the RCLS Packet of Materials (PDF formatted for 2-sided printing).

Owl Cowls  -  Advocates are asked to wear an Owl Cowl, large loose, light yellow (lemon) scarf, to represent the MLS cowl.  Library knitting/crochet groups keep your advocacy knitting going by making cowls for library advocates to stand out in the crowd.  No cowl, WEAR YELLOW to designate yourself as a library advoicate!  Click here for more information.

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

  1. Appointment Schedule with Legislators (PDF) 
  2. Map of the Empire State Plaza, Concourse Level (PDF)     Map of the Empire State Plaza (PDF)
  3. NYLA 2020 Advocacy Agenda  (PDF)
  4. RCLS Advocacy Guide 2019 - Know Your Legislators  (PDF)
  5. Navigating Library Advocacy Day (NYLA takes you on a brief tour)
  6. Talking Points for Time with Politicians (NYLA – PDF)
  7. 2019 Return on Investment for Services Provided by RCLS   (PDF) Updated 02.25.2019
  8. History of Library Aid 2016-1991  (PDF)
  9. History of Library Aid 1998-2018 Graph  (PDF)
  10. Library Aid Funding Gap 2009 - 2018 Graph  (PDF) 
  11. History of Library Construction Aid 2016 - 1984  (PDF)

Thanks! to all our Donors for making the motor coach trip possible!!!

For those riding the motor coaches, share your cell phone number with your motor coach 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.)

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