2019 Library Day

Let your voice be heard and advocate for libraries at the Florida Capitol on Library Day!  Join us on February 19th, 2019 to meet with your legislators and let them know how important libraries are to our communities across the state.  Use this opportunity to showcase the need for support.  Take advantage of this hands-on experience to learn the legislative process and effective advocacy.  There will be several events to network with fellow librarians from all over Florida, so don't miss out!  Library Day is free and open to all library advocates.  



Monday, February 18th, Tentative Schedule:

Time Activity Location
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm    In-Person FLA Board Meeting FSU School of Information,
Louis Shores Building,
Room LSB 206 (2nd floor)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Walking tour of FSU Campus including
FSU Libraries
Leaves in front of Shores Building
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm FSU Innovation Hub Reception: Food and refreshments, presentations and demonstrations in FSU's makerspace/fab lab! On the first floor of Shores Building
7:00 pm  Shuttle for pickup and return to FLA hotel Shores Building for pickup; leaves at 7:15pm

Tuesday, February 19th, 
Tentative Schedule: 

Time Activity Location
8:30 am – 9:30 am

FLA Members’ Legislative Briefing
(Breakfast on your own)

  • Welcome
  • Special Guest: Senator Jeff Brandes
  • Materials Pick-up
  • Advocacy Chair/Vice Chair – Platform Overview
  • GrayRobinson – Legislative Overview

Historic Capitol Museum,
2nd Floor, Senate Chamber, Room 215

9:55 am – 10:30 am Group Tour of Senate Chamber & Mock Bill Reading (all welcome) The Capitol Senate Chamber, 4th Floor

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

War Room Open until 5:00 pm
(Materials, Refreshments available)

Senate Office Building,
221S, 2nd Floor

10:30 am – 5:00 pm

*FLA Attendees’ Legislative Appointments
(made in advance)

Visit Capitol Branch Library (on your own)

The Capitol

The Capitol 7th Floor
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Open House at State Library
(Attendees welcome between Appointments!)
R.A. Gray Building - Division of Library & Info Services
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Legislative Reception Andrew’s 228

*FLA attendees can make legislative appointments earlier than 10:30 am if that is the best time for elected officials.

Library Day Locations

Florida Historic Capitol Museum
Senate Chamber, Room 215, 2nd Floor
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Division of Library & Information Services
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Andrew’s 228
228 South Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Maps and Directions


Kleman Plaza Parking Garage,
306 South Duval St, Tallahassee, FL 32301
$7 per day

Hotel Information

Cut off date: Feb. 4, 2019
SpringHill Suites Tallahassee Central
(3 miles east of Capitol off Apalachee Pkwy)
1300 Executive Center Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Room Block: $129+tax, King or 2-Queen available
Free High Speed Internet
Free Breakfast
Free Parking

Book your group rate for Florida Library Association

Advocacy Tools and Resources

2019 FLA Legislative Platform

Make your Appointments - Legislator Contact Information here

FL House & Senate Leadership

Appointment Calendar  - add your Appointments here so FLA can help you keep track!

State Aid Comparisons and Estimates - Comparison of Grant Funding at various Appropriations levels

Materials & Leave-Behinds

Career Online High School Infographic & Testimonials

History of State Aid Funding

Appointment Setting & Templates

10 Strategies for Briefing your Legislator

Florida Legislators by County

Watch the 2019 FLA Pre-Library Day Webinar for a comprehensive overview of our legislative platform, what libraries mean to legislators and how to connect with them, plus a snapshot of 2019 Library Day(s) events!  You'll hear from:

  • FLA President, Sarah Hammill
  • FLA Vice-President/President Elect, Eric Head
  • FLA Advocacy Committee Chair, Ray Baker
  • FLA Lobbyist, Robert Stuart with GrayRobinson
  • FLA Executive Director, Lisa O'Donnell

2019 FLA Pre-Library Day Webinar (recorded 1/29/19)
   - Power Point Presentation, Pre-Library Day Webinar