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Take advantage of this and other programs, offering everything from insurance discounts to earning rewards points just for shopping for every day items online.  Visit the NYLA Vendor Partner page to start taking greater advantage of your NYLA membership!  




June 2013: Fundraising Strategies

In this issue we will look at ways for you to engage your community to help raise extra funds to keep your library relevant to the community it serves,

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A Message from the President...

2013 June e-Bulletin President’s Report, from Carol Anne Germain

At this spring’s YSS conference (it was great!), one of the conference coordinators announced the 2013 NYLA Conference by having attendees guess imaginative quote attributions. I hadn’t realized there were so many quotes on creativity and imagination, and I thought it was a wonderful introduction for the upcoming fall conference.

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It Takes a Village to Save the Library

By: Marjorie Ingall, The Neighborhood School parent, “Save the Library” Committee

What happens when a not-schmancy public school suddenly learns it has only two months to raise $40,000 or lose its library?

Last April, The Neighborhood School (TNS), a diverse K-5 school in NYC’s East Village, discovered that its library was on the chopping block. Thanks to a perfect storm of budget issues on both the state and federal levels (due to the risk of inducing narcolepsy I won’t detail them here, but feel free to email me), TNS discovered it had to raise an additional $40,000 a year to keep its library and beloved librarian, Cheryl Wolf. The PTA was already scrambling to raise to provide music and art education, technology, supplies, staff development, field-trip subsidies for poor families and more, and there was nothing left to cut; in the last four years the school had already eliminated its math coach, literacy coach, assistant principal and a school aide, and had reduced arts programs and increased class sizes. What to do? Parents needed cash, and fast: By the end of the school year. Or the library was toast.

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Building a Foundation for Fundraising Success

By: Sophia Serlis-McPhillips, Director and Lori Abbatepaolo, Grants Administrator, Middle Country Public Library

The Middle Country Library Foundation is a 501c(3) organization established in 1997 to raise funds (the need for a 501c(3) status) and provide the governance structure (the need to keep project funds separate from operations) for the Library’s initiatives that extend beyond the local community.  The Board is comprised of corporate representatives who assist with fund raising and influence corporate and government entities; the Library director and a board member serve as ex-officio members.  The Foundation embraces collaborative, innovative, and replicable initiatives that benefit Middle Country residents, the residents of the Long Island region, and public libraries nationally. More than 85% of all funds collected directly benefit Library projects.  The Foundation does not employ its own staff and therefore, some funds are allocated to reimburse the library for administrative costs and partial salaries for staff involved in fundraising or business functions related to the Foundation’s work.

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Tips to Make a Book Sale Grow

By: Regina Lennox


Have enough volunteers so that no volunteer feels overwhelmed with their work. Make volunteers feel appreciated. If possible offer refreshments while they are working.

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NYLA Annual Conference

September 25-28, 2013
Niagara Falls, NY

Registration is now open for the Annual Conference!  Once again, we will be offering a large variety of programming, continuing education, special events and the latest and greatest products and services.

Click here for full program details, registration links and more.

NYLA Council Elections

It is time for NYLA Council Elections - be sure to make your voice heard!  From June 15-July 15, NYLA members wll be electing candidates for President-elect, Councilors-atLarge and an ALA Chapter Councilor.

Complete details and candidate bios can be found here.


Digital Literacy Workshops

More 2013 dates have been added for digital literacy training   To register for any of these sessions, click here. For more information, contact Mary Anne Waltz, project manager and trainer, at or 518-432-6952 x106, or visit

Nassau County, NY
June 20, 2013
Nassau Library System
Uniondale, NY

Plattsburgh, NY
July 26, 2013
Plattsburgh Public Library

Guilderland, NY
August 12, 2013
NYLA Office

Niagara Falls, NY
September 25, 2013
Niagara Falls Conference Center

Canandaigua, NY
October 15, 2013
Pioneer Library System