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Public library trustees have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the quality of life of their communities. Now more than ever before, New Jersey's public libraries rely on the wisdom, insights, diligence, and influence of their trustees. This site is designed to provide information and resources to guide trustees in their work as they promote the strength and stability of their libraries and as they advocate for support at all levels of government.

New Jersey Library Trustee Updates

Federal Budget Cuts

NJLA posted a legislative alert last week urging the library community to contact their federal representatives regarding funding for library services.  In his budget proposal, President Trump calls for the elimination of two key programs which provide critical funds in NJ Libraries.   The two programs are the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).

Currently, the NJ State Library administers over 4 million dollars of federal funds in the LSTA program. This funding supports many statewide programs including the NJ Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC) which serves individuals unable to use traditional books and funding for many electronic resources which are available to all NJ libraries.  It would be impossible to replace these programs with local funding.

South Brunswick's longest serving mayor dies after decades of public service

"Mayor Gambatese was an active member of the South Brunswick Library Board of Trustees and  a strong advocate for public library services.  He will be remembered for his wisdom, care and concern for others, his support for SBPL and his many efforts towards making our township a better place." Chris Carbone, Director, South Brunswick Public Library.

Great time to Attend ALA Legislative Day

Sign up for National Library Legislative Day 2017

This Year We NEED YOU

Registration for National Library Legislative Day 2017 is open! To find information about the event, to register, or to book a room in the hotel block, please visit ala.org/nlld.

As with previous years, National Library Legislative Day 2017 will be held at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC. Hotel can fill up quickly so reserve as soon as possible.

Robert Balentine dies; served Park Ridge schools, library

Robert Balentine’s dedication to Park Ridge continued after he retired in 1991 as schools superintendent. He turned his focus to the public library and led the effort to get it reopened after a massive storm left 40 inches of floodwater and ruined much of the collection.

Read the full obituary here: http://www.northjersey.com/story/obituaries/2017/01/09/robert-balentine-...

Draft Resolution and Letters of Support for Library Boards Supporting School Libraries and Library Capital Construction

NJLA has created templates for a model resolutions for Public Library Board to pass in support of school library programs (https://njla.org/sites/default/files/NJLA-School-Library-Resolution.docx) in New Jersey and letters of support for the New Jersey Library Capital Construction Bond Bill (http://njlibrariesbuildcommunities.org/how-you-can-help/).

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