From the Director

Today, I will be joining librarians and library advocates from around the state at our annual Library Awareness Day at the Rhode Island State House.  This is a time when we gather to showcase our libraries and share a few minutes with our legislators making them aware of the important role we play in our communities and, in particular, how critical public libraries are during challenging times like these.

While we’re making our case for continued state funding of valuable library operations and services, at the same time this week, we see the federal House of Representatives will be considering two amendments to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution that are critical to libraries – one that would eliminate all Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funding, including Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding.

I urge ALL those who value libraries to call your representative at (202) 224-3121 today and tell him or her to oppose Amendment #35 to the Continuing Resolution!

Amendment #35, submitted by U.S. Rep. Scott Garret (R-NJ), seeks to zero out the Institute of Museum and Library Services, eliminating all federal funding specifically for libraries.

Your Message to Your Representative:

  • Libraries are essential to every community, and federal funding is critical for ensuring library resources and services remain available to their constituents.
  • LSTA supports all kinds of libraries including school, academic, and public libraries.
  • Public libraries are the primary source of no-fee access to the Internet and are active in assisting the public with online job searches, e-government services, and lifelong learning.

You also may wish to contact your local RI legislators to urge them to act to maintain state support of our local public libraries.



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