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Update from the New York Library Association:
The following three library-related items have been signed into law by Governor Cuomo:
Library Card Info Distributed to Students
S.2018 Farley / A.3560 Nolan
This bill will require school districts to disseminate informational materials about applications for public library cards to students, when such materials are provided by the public library. This item addresses the prohibition in some schools against distributing information for any outside group, and promotes access to publicly funded library resources by public school students. A guide with details about this new law will be forthcoming from NYLA. The guide will help you approach your local school district and request their help in getting the word out to local families about the importance of a public library card for students.
Library/BOCES Contracts for High-Speed Internet
S.5706 Valesky / A.1398 Gunther
Authorizes boards of cooperative educational services to enter into contracts with public libraries for high-speed telecommunications services.
Creation of the Reed Memorial Library District
S.5560 / A.6414 Katz
This bill paves the way for the creation of the Reed Memorial public library district in the town of Carmel, New York; giving local library patrons a voice in their library's budget.
"Have no doubt that your efforts in attending Library Advocacy Day and contacting your elected officials played a role in these victories. Thank you to all of NYLA's Library Advocates for your efforts in raising the profile of library related issues. It is your hard work that has allowed these items to gain the attention they deserve from the New York State Legislature. Mark your calendar for THURSDAY, February 27 for Library Advocacy 2014 Day in Albany!"
-Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director,
New York Library Association