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News - Advocacy
Friday, June 28, 2024 12:00 AM

MLA Wins PACE Award for MI Right to Read Campaign

In 2023, MLA worked with PR firm Martin Waymire on a six-month campaign promoting the MI Right to Read coalition. This May, Martin Waymire and MLA were honored by the Central Michigan chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for the MI Right to Read campaign.

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News - Advocacy
Friday, June 28, 2024 12:00 AM

Celebrate MI Right to Read Week

Get ready to celebrate Right to Read week here in Michigan! This September 22-28 we are sharing a positive and proactive message that emphasizes access, diversity in library collections, librarian qualifications, and protection of our First Amendment rights. Here’s an example of our creative campaign using the ALA theme of “FRead Between the Lines.” Using black out poetry each day, we will have a new and inspiring message that we hope you will share with your patrons. Watch our social media sites for 7 different versions of our campaign.  We’ll have them posted on our website in advance so you can grab them if you want as well.

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News - Advocacy
Thursday, June 27, 2024 12:00 AM

2025 Budget Update

Never wanting to keep MLA members in the dark, we are finally able to share the state of Michigan budget with you (links below for the House Fiscal Agency Conference Reports for the General Omnibus Budget and the School Aid Fund). With little to no advance public review of the budget, in the early morning hours today, the FY25 State of Michigan budget (beginning October 1) has finally passed through the conference committee, the Senate and the House. The budget now awaits the Governor’s signature before the July 1st deadline. (Just as a reminder, she also has line item veto power, so nothing is in stone until she signs.)

While we haven’t had time to digest the entire budget, we have highlighted some of the items that we have been watching including (DRUMROLL PLEASE) a $1,000,000 increase to State Aid bringing it to $16,567,700.  

And while we didn’t get everything we asked for in the budget…your voices were heard and communications with your state legislators made a difference!  Advocacy is a full year commitment – it never ends, so keep up the good work. We are #StrongerTogether. MLA will share more details soon on other MLA priorities.

Thank you MLA Members!

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News - Advocacy
Friday, May 31, 2024 12:00 AM

May Election Results

View May millage election results below.

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News - Advocacy
Friday, May 31, 2024 12:00 AM

Save the Date for 2025 Michigan Library Advocacy Day

Save the Date and mark your calendars on Wednesday, April 30, 2025 for Michigan Library Advocacy Day 2025!

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