Everyone loves libraries – but we can’t live on love alone! NYS Library Aid funding has dropped dramatically in recent years, and we need your help to convince our legislators that libraries matter:

1) Join us at Advocacy Day in Albany on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Meet with your legislators in person to discuss library issues! Free transportation provided. Legislators always listen closely to their own constituents, so it is critical that we bring a diverse group of library staff, trustees, and patrons to help us make our case. Please register today! If you have questions or would like more information, contact Kristi Downham at or 607-273-4074, x228.

2) Contact Your Officials

Take a moment now to let your officials know that libraries matter! You can also help promote libraries by putting these buttons on your website:


3) Join the Postcard Campaign and Snapshot Day

Send your legislators postcards to let them know that you need a well-funded library and library system. FLLS provides blank postcards at all member libraries in February, and then delivers these messages in person during our Advocacy Day meetings. You can also support your local library by visiting on NY Snapshot Day, when we collect daily usage statistics for libraries across the state.

Snapshot Day Resources for Libraries:
Snapshot NY (submit statistics and photos here)
Why I Love my Library” Display with Comment Cards PDF Icon Small
Photo Release Form (if the photos include faces)

Talking Points and Statistics:

Advocacy Resource List:

Advocacy Toolkits:
Marketing and Promoting Your Library:
Tips for Collecting Library Stories:
Library Advocacy Initiatives: