Many libraries have some form of summer reading programs that provide incentives for reading as well as fun events for all ages! The Western Massachusetts Library Advocates provides prizes such as coupons to local businesses, to libraries to offer their patrons. Each year organizations and businesses donate incentives to WMLA who, thanks to the hard work of WMLA VP Misha Storm, sends out prizes to participating libraries. WMLA is thankful for the wonderful businesses and organizations that provide incentives to help keep our summer reading programs running strong! ... See MoreSee Less
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Call for Advocacy for the MBLC Legislative Agenda FY23: BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE The MLA Legislative Committee is strongly advising all members to contact your Legislators and ask them to contact the Budget Conference Committee members about the library budget lines, ASAP. It is always important to thank your Legislators for their support to libraries throughout the Commonwealth by voting for the MBLC Legislative Agenda with the increases requested. SAMPLE MESSAGE:We are asking that Legislators support the Senate budget lines for libraries, except for two lines.We would like to request that the following lines instead reflect the House Budget:Line 7000-9101 – Board of Library CommissionersSENATE = $1,708,636HOUSE = $1,731,586Line 7000-9508 – Center for the BookSENATE = $300,000HOUSE = $400,000Line 7000-9501 State Aid (Public Libraries Local Aid)SENATE = $16,000,000 NOTE: SUPPORT $16 MILLIONHOUSE = $14,000,000We ask that you contact the following Legislators immediately. If you have a specialconnection, please reach out through emails and phone calls, as we know the morecommunication Legislators receive, the better.Conference Committee Senate Ways and MeansMichael J. Rodrigues, Chair Cindy F. Friedman, Vice ChairPatrick O'Connor (Ranking Minority) Conference Committee House Ways and MeansAaron Michlewitz, ChairAnn-Margaret Ferrante, Vice ChairTodd M. Smola (Ranking Minority) ... See MoreSee Less
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