Members of the PA library community are encouraged to share this quick one-pager with their state elected officials.
The PA General Assembly is likely to pass a stop-gap budget this week! The House will be in session today at 1pm, and the Senate at 7pm.
It looks like K-12 funding will be the priority and would be passed for a full year’s worth of funding. All other items are up in the air and may only be funded for a 5-month period through November. The legislature would then pass another budget piece in November to cover the remainder of 2020-2021 fiscal year.
Please take a few minutes to call or email your state elected officials today!
Messages to legislators should acknowledge these basic points:
1. Libraries will be important for the recovery of PA by providing access to resources – Wi-Fi, computers, workforce development, educational items, and staff.
2. There has been high demand for libraries during this time. New processes to serve our communities are evolving – SHARE your own library’s plans for what you CAN do (don’t focus on items you can’t do). Even if you have a draft or work in progress, let your legislator know that you are working to serve!
3. Even during the toughest times in history, libraries have served and will continue to do so!
4. ADD your local impact story in a very brief statement or 30 seconds. What story? Seniors, school-age children, virtual programming, outreach/delivery, helping people file unemployment, or completing the Census! Pick one, and have your co-workers, boards, friends, patrons also connect!
Libraries aren’t going away, but we sure could use legislative support to make sure all communities have access to library services!
At the bottom of this post you can download our 1-page flyer, and you are encouraged to share with your legislators.
For those that live in the Senator Corman, Senator Pat Browne, Rep. Cutler, and Rep. Saylor districts – we want to give them extra encouragement to reach out about how critical libraries are and will be for the strength of PA!
Last year we made progress with a $5 million increase to the public library subsidy. The Governor’s proposed budget in February retained that $5 million put forward by the legislature. Now, we must advocate to make sure that we maintain that funding.
If you get a response from your legislator or their staff, we would appreciate hearing from you! Feel free to send any info you gather to Kimberley Hrivnak, email@example.com, Legislative Committee Co-Chair, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
With great appreciation for your efforts,
Christi Buker, Executive Director
Pennsylvania Library Association