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Senate Budget Subcommittee Provides Additional Funding For Libraries During Hearing

5/21/15 - Late yesterday afternoon, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance voted unanimously to approve extra funding for public libraries.  The Subcommittee members voting for the extra funding were Chairman Marty Block, and Senators Ben Allen and John Moorlach...[read more]

 

Governor Releases “May Revision” of Budget: Funding Provided for Broadband Project and Literacy Program

5/14/15 - This morning in a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Brown released his “May Revision” of the 2015-16 State Budget.  Included among the Governor’s proposals for new spending is a recommended increase of $2 million for the state literacy program and an increase of $1.7 million for the library broadband project for connection grants and related costs...[read more]

 

Legislators Issue Letter in Support of Increasing State Library Funding

5/7/15 - A bi-partisan group of Assembly members and Senators in the California State Legislature have sent a letter to the two Budget Subcommittee Chairs and key Budget leaders, to encourage them to adopt an increase in funding for public libraries in the 2015-16 Budget.  The letter features an impressive list of legislator library supporters and is attached for your information...[read more]

 

Governor Brown Issues Formal Proclamation Declaring “California Library Week”

4/14/15 - Today Governor Jerry Brown issued a formal proclamation, declaring April 13 through April 19 as “California Library Week.”  The proclamation, which can be found at this link to the Governor’s press page http://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18922  notes that the “freedom to explore the vast body of human knowledge is one of the underpinnings of a truly free society.  For this reason, the public library has been a vital institution throughout the history of our republic.”  The Governor’s proclamation takes an historical look at libraries, but also celebrates the modern library which has “evolved and adapted to encompass new technologies and the changing needs of society.”....[read more]

 

Letters Needed in Support of Increased Library Funding in State Budget

 

Governor's Adult Education Proposal and Libraries

2/23/15 - For several months, leading up to the release of Governor Brown’s 2015-16 Budget, the California Library Association has been actively involved in trying to define a stronger role for public libraries within the current adult education state structure and statute.  As a result of these advocacy efforts, the newly released bill language from the Governor’s Administration and Department of Finance acknowledges the importance of involving public libraries in the provision of adult literacy services....[read more]

 

Governor Brown Introduces 2015-16 Budget: Slashes $4 Million From Public Library Programs

1/09/15 - This morning Governor Brown introduced his 2015-16 State Budget before an assembly of the press corps in the State Capitol in Sacramento.  The Governor’s Budget summary document, released in conjunction with the Budget indicates that “the state budget, after a decade of fiscal turbulence, is finally balanced – more precariously than I would like – but balanced.”  While the Governor’s Budget gives most of any new revenue, gained due to an slowly recovering economy, to K-12 schools, he also proposes new spending in areas of public safety, health and human services, and climate change.  However, most disappointing, the Governor slashes $4 million from the State Library Budget – money which was included last year in the Budget to bolster the California Library Services Act, the State Literacy program, and so-called “hardship” grants for those libraries needing to connect to the new high-speed Internet backbone operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC)....[read more]

 

Library Advocacy: What You Can Do Now

12/10/14 - The new year is just around the corner, and this is a great time to be laying the groundwork for CLA’s 2015 advocacy efforts! Are you curious to know what you can be doing to strengthen California libraries? Please refer to CLA’s Year-Round Advocacy Calendar for some tips for the 4th quarter and beyond, and consider these other activities that take very little time but can have an enormous impact...[read more]