The Rhode Island Library Association gives a call to action! On Saturday, March 28, 2015 we would like libraries to participate with other Rhode Island libraries in “RI Library Day”. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the fabulous things Rhode Island libraries are doing and how Rhode Islanders benefit from their libraries. Also presents the opportunity to raise awareness of the State-Grant-in-Aid funding. Today, libraries receive 22.5% (2016 will be about 22%) in SGIA rather than the law’s recommended 25% of eligible funds expended in FY2013 by each municipality for their library(ies) as described in RIGL 29-6-2(a); maintenance of effort is 100% as set forth in RIGL 29-6-3.
“RI Library Day” will be promoted statewide. We would like every library to participate and invite their local legislators, town officials, board members, and other stakeholders, as well as the general public to visit the library on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Tell them to come see what’s happening at the library, how it’s being used, and just how much we provide to the community. A bustling well-used library will reinforce that the public library is still very much relevant and providing more services than ever.
It’s important to continue the conversation with your local voices about how libraries are funded as well as the necessity of the library in your town. We feel that it would garner more attention if many libraries reached out and invited people on the same day.
Feeling that this might be a big project? You don’t have to do anything special.
Don’t worry, we aren’t pushing that you spend the whole day promoting the library. Here are a few ideas that can be put to use.
· Invite your local legislative or town official to read a children’s book at a special story-time.
· Ask them to drop in to see the library or give them a tour if they’ve never been in the library.
· Talk to your staff. Ask departments to plan something special for that day.
· Don’t do anything extra. Hold your already scheduled program.
If you'd like a comprehensive list of your library's elected officials, go here and enter your library's address.
Participating libraries (thus far):
Ashaway Free Library
Barrington Public Library
Rogers Free Library, Bristol
Pascoag Public Library
Central Falls Free Public Library
Cross Mills Public Library, Charlestown
Coventry Public Library
Green Public Library
Cranston Public Library
Cumberland Public Library
Davisville Free Library
East Greenwich Free Library
East Providence Public Library
Exeter Public Library
Foster Public Library
Glocester Manton and Harmony Libraries
Marrion Mohr, Johnston (amnesty only)
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Langworthy Library (amnesty only)
Lincoln Public Library
Middletown Public Library
Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, Narragansett
Newport Public Library (no amnesty)
North Kingstown Public Library (amesty only)
North Providence Union Free Library
North Scituate Sree Library
Pawtucket Public Library
Pontiac Free Library (amnesty only)
Providence Community Library
Providence Public Library
South Kingstwon Public Library (amnesty only)
Essex Public Library, Tiverton
Warwick Public Library
Louitt Library, West Greenwich
West Warwick Public Library
Westerly Library & Wilcox Park
For further information, please contact Eileen Socha firstname.lastname@example.org or Brigitte Hopkins email@example.com.