Saturday, December 15, 2012

Library Legislative Breakfasts Announced - Massachusetts Libraries: In Demand, Under Pressure

The nineteenth annual series of library legislative breakfasts begins in January.  Please see below for details in your area.   As advocacy continues to be a critical role for librarians in Massachusetts, these breakfasts have grown in importance and attendance.  Your legislators need to hear directly from you of your concerns and the needs of your users.
No library can meet the demands of its users with local resources alone. That’s why state funded programs are so critical to the provision of library services. Citizens of Massachusetts are using libraries more than ever, and they rely on the links between libraries provided through state funding administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Funding cuts since 2001 have placed immense burdens on local library budgets at a time when demand for services is rising.

The MBLC works toward equity of access to library services by creating a level playing field so that residents of all ages across the Commonwealth have access to essential library collections, services, facilities and electronic content regardless of where they live. Through libraries, residents find information and knowledge to improve their lives, to support education, to build their communities and to sustain our democracy. 

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ (MBLC) Legislative Agenda for FY 2014 is available at 

Informing your legislators of your concerns and additional funding needs this year will allow Massachusetts libraries to meet today’s challenges.  Please show your support by mailing a contribution and by marking the date of your complimentary breakfast on your calendar.  Every library school, public, academic and special in every town needs a voice to be heard by our Western Mass. legislators.

Sincerely yours,
Lynn Coakley                                                                                                       Jan Resnick
Lynn Coakley                                                                                                 Jan Resnick
And the members of the Western Mass. Library Advocates Advocacy Committee
 Each library will be receiving a letter in delivery including dates/locations of the breakfasts and details of how you can donate to support this effort.  


Western Mass Library Legislative Breakfasts Schedule ~ 2013 Corrected

 Full descriptions of the Breakfasts, plus registration information and directions are available at

Thanks to the Mass. Library Association for hosting the information this year.

Senator Stanley Rosenberg
Friday, January 11, 2013 ~ 8:00 a.m. –The Nahman-Watson Library at Greenfield Community College
Host: Eric Poulin, Coordinator of Library Services
Registration email:

Senator Gale Candaras
Friday, January 25, 2013 ~ 8:00 a.m. ~ Wilbraham Public Library
Host: Karen Demers, Library Director    
Registration email:

Senator Benjamin Downing
Friday, January 25, 2013 ~ 8:00 a.m. ~ Mason Library, Great Barrington
Host: Kate Deviny, Library Director
Registration email:

Senator Michael Knapik
Friday, February 8, 2013 ~ 8:00 a.m. – Westfield Athenaeum
Host: Christopher Lindquist, Library Director
Registration email:

Senator James Welch
Friday, February 22, 2013 ~ 8:00 a.m. – West Springfield Public Library
Host: Antonia Golinski Foisy, Library Director 
Registration email

Senator Stephen Brewer
Friday, February 22, 2012 ~ 8:00 a.m. ~ Monson Free Library andReading Room Association
Host: Katie Krol, Library Director

Registration email:

Find the names of your state Senator and Representative(s) by visiting the Massachusetts Library Association - Elected Officials website

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