2020 Library Day Review

 

More than 60 FLA members and supporters attended last week's Library Legislative Day, braving the chilly (below freezing) temperatures to meet with almost 40 state Senators and Representatives in one day.  


Members were armed with materials including the 2020 Legislative Platform Infographic, history of State Aid Funding and Construction Projects, and importantly, personal stories about their libraries.

FLA and its members in the audience were formally recognized by Representative Elizabeth Fetterhoff during the Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee meeting. And, to cap off the incredibly successful day,  FLA members were acknowledged in the House Chamber's West Gallery with a warm and heartfelt recognition by Representative Ray Rodrigues (District 76), pictured right.

This year, FLA offered a Virtual Library Day for those who were unable to travel to Tallahassee. In just a few days time, more than 100 advocates shared the important Library Funding priorities with their elected officials, sending more than 220 messages to legislators before, during and after Library Day! That 100-number has a nice ring to it as FLA celebrates its 100th anniversary.

As we knew, budgeting is tight with the Governor's emphasis on the environment and education, but overwhelmingly, legislators offered their support for libraries. FLA leadership also met with both the House and Senate senior budget staff to reiterate the importance of library funding during the budget process.

It doesn't end here...FLA's Advocacy committee will continue to meet throughout the Legislative session and periodically send updates to the membership. Check out the Advocacy Tools available on the website!

And, it wouldn't be Library Day without another visit with the astronaut...


Thank you to those who traveled to Tallahassee and clocked a few miles on their fitbits in the Capitol, and thanks to those who participated virtually! Both are vital aspects to a robust advocacy network.