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STLS Member Library Closures & Services Information (updated 3/19/2020 at 8:30pm):
As a cooperative library system, our focus is on Connecting Community Libraries within the region. We subscribe to a single mission of empowering public libraries to provide amazing services within our communities. STLS is comprised of 48 library outlets throughout Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties.
The impacts of our member libraries can be life-changing. Our region boasts 183,192 library cardholders. This represents 65% of the population. Each year, community members visit our libraries more than 1 million times to enrich their quality of life. STLS member libraries are passionate about their work, and in return, community members gain significant cost-saving services. It is a relationship demonstrating the essence of community partnership.
As we look to the future, STLS will strengthen our 50-year relationship with member libraries. Connecting Community Libraries means bringing together all available resources to affirm sustainable public library services. Our libraries afford educational, cultural and economic opportunities for all. STLS will partner with, and connect our member libraries to make the Southern Tier a vibrant community in which we are all proud to live.
Governor Cuomo has cut roughly $595,000 to Southern Tier public libraries in his 2020 executive budget. $73,991 of this reduction is operating aid, and $521,501 are capital funds. This is the fourth consecutive year the governor has reduced funding for libraries, and placed the responsibility on the senate and assembly to overturn his decision. The ultimate result has been flat funding from 2016- 2019. What happens in 2020 is up to us. Use the link below to contact your New York State Senate and Assembly representatives!
Our 2020 priorities:
Use the link below to email your New York State Senate and Assembly representatives using a pre-authored message by the New York Library Association to restore and increase Library Aid.
Link to email representatives: https://www.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=58&MenuKey=advocacy
Learn more about advocacy & our 2020 priorities, here: https://www.stls.org/quick-links/advocacy-resources/