On April 1, 1901, a group of ninety interested village of Alden citizens gathered together at the Baptist Church for the purpose of starting a library association. The idea was carried with the group, and twenty-seven of those attending immediately pledged subscriptions. It was agreed that a second meeting would be held later in the month for the purpose of electing board members and further organizing the group, and the Association of the Alden library was born.
The hamlet of Cragsmoor, an area of approximately six square miles, is located near Ellenville, New York on Route 52 between Ellenville and Pine Bush on the Shawangunk Ridge. The “Mountain Top,” as it was originally referred to, began with settlers and pioneers, and a farming community was established in the early 1800s. The land [...]
The annual Library Lobby day came this year with the surge of passion we’ve come to expect from the library community. Hundreds came from all over the state, often through foul weather, to express how important their libraries are to them. NYLA, as always, organized an effective message received by a legislative delegation eager to [...]
Governor Cuomo released his FY2019-2020 Executive Budget proposal & accompanying legislation. The Governor pitched his Executive Budget as a “Democracy Agenda” -- but it includes the third straight year of drastic cuts to library funding! From the Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal: Library Aid: $91.6M (-5% CUT) The proposed funding is $5M less than what was in last [...]
Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. Together our efforts have resulted in over $17M in additional library aid since 2011. Summary of Event Most activities will take place in the Legislative Office Building (LOB). The LOB is most [...]
The New York State Library and PULISDO (Public Library System Directors Organization) announced today the publication of an updated 2019 edition of Helpful Information for Meeting Minimum Public Library Standards in New York State. The document is available on the State Library’s website at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/helpful/index.html. The State Library and PULISDO have designed this new edition [...]