Your Help is Needed to Fight for Libraries!

This is National Library Week and a time to reflect on the vital role libraries play in our lives. The President has proposed wiping out all library funding – and the agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), that administers much of it – in his initial FY18 budget proposal. You also know thousands of librarians, library supporters, users, vendors and citizens in every Congressional district in the country used the ALA Legislative Action Center and many other channels to insist that their Representative in the House sign two “Dear Appropriator” letters to the Appropriations Committee asking them to preserve funding this year for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.

Well, you hit it out of the park at our first “at-bat” of the FY18 appropriations lobbying season. One-third of the entire House of Representatives (from both parties) signed each of those Dear Appropriator letters and nearly 170 Members signed at least one — an 18% increase in support for IAL and a record-shattering 64% increase for LSTA. (Visit this House tracker to see whether your Representative in the House signed.)

Now we absolutely have to keep the rally you started going (and going!) throughout this calendar year. Like baseball, it’s one at-bat and one inning at a time. If we are lucky we will even get a welcome seventh inning stretch this summer.

Next up: Senate Dear Appropriator letters for LSTA and IAL. Check this Senate tracker to see if your Senator signed last year and stay tuned for updates on who is signing this year.
Please Join the Fight!

The fight to save IMLS and critical federal funding for programs like LSTA and IAL has only just begun. Congress’ appropriations process will be continuing on many fronts throughout 2017 so the ALA’s Office of Government Relations will be issuing calls at every key opportunity for you to tell your Member of Congress and both U.S. Senators you want them to support full library funding. Don’t miss a single call to action and the chance to help!

And be sure stay tuned on May 1 and 2 during National Library Legislative Day. Plan to watch our live advocacy webcast on Virtual Library Legislative Day on May 1 and then contact your members of Congress by phone and electronically on May 2 while hundreds of your colleagues will be on Capitol Hill delivering our message in person.


Take Action Now!

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Massachusetts FY18 Budget

Recently, the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means announced its FY2018 budget recommendation. State Aid to Public Libraries (Account 7000-9501) received an increase of 4.5% above what the Governor proposed in his budget.

We need your help to ensure that this increase remains through the  budget negotiation process and gets passed. Brad Hill is our representative at the state house. Please email him and let him know that we are counting on him.

Manchester Public Library will be closed Tuesday, March 14 due to bad weather conditions. The Library will resume regular hours on Wednesday, March 15 from 10AM to 8PM.

Dog Photo Contest

Show us your dog’s funny side. All shutterbugs and all ages are welcome to enter.

Pickup the Rules and Entry Form at the library or click on the link below. Submission deadline is Friday, March 10th.

From March 11th through March 26th, the community is invited to view the photographs and vote for Best in Show.

Dog Photography Contest Flyer and Rules

 

 

Library Closed for Presidents’ Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, February 20th in honor of Presidents’ Day. The library will resume its regular hours on Tuesday, February 21st from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Due to weather conditions the Nonfiction Book Group has been cancelled for tonight. Please call the library at 978-526-2017 if you have any questions. The next meeting will be on March 13th where you can read the 2017 Manchester Reads Title: “Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and A Million Miles On The Last Hope Highway” by journalist Peter Zheutlin and get a recap of “Love, Loss, and What we ate”.

The Manchester Library will be closed on Thursday, February 9th due to the oncoming snowstorm. We will reopen on Friday, 10th from 10AM-5PM. February Please call the Library at 978-526-7711 if you have any questions.

Visit the Teen Zone before Valentine’s Day and guess the number of suckers in the jar. The closest guess wins ALL the suckers. One entry per person. Grades 6-12 welcome to play.

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On Wednesday, January 18th, 6:30 PM, we welcome Manchester Police Chief, Ed Conley; PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative) Executive Director, Allie Hunter McDade; and Manchester Public Health Nurse, Pam Ciccone for an information session with Q & A about this regional and national issue.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Sara Collins, scollins@mvlc.org.

The Library hours are 1 to 5 PM from January 3 through January 12 to accommodate for the Library’s heating system conversion from oil to gas.

The Library trustees and director would like to take this opportunity to ask your patience and understanding while this conversion is in progress. The grant process from National Grid and Guardian has been in the works for close to 3 years. Many hands have worked to secure the grant and upgrade the Library’s heating system. After several stops and starts work is now underway. Meanwhile the Library will have no central heat. Space heaters will have limited use due to the Library’s limited electrical system, and a heater in the reference room (part of the HVAC) will supply some heat.

Therefore the Library will not operate on its usual schedule. Please call 978-526-7711 before coming to the Library to check our opening status.

The Hampstead Stage presents “A Christmas Carol”

Free Family Festivities!

Children of all ages are invited on Saturday, December 3 at 11 AM to see A Christmas Carol performed with audience participation by the Hampstead Stage!

This wonderful holiday show will be held at the Chapel behind Santander Bank beside the library. Afterwards, come to the library to enjoy cookies and cider compliments of the Friends of the Library! Sign up with Miss Kate at kstadt@manchesterpl.org or 978-526-2016 to get a reminder email or phone call.

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