Maryland Library Legislative Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 10th. This annual event is an opportunity for members of the Maryland library community to advocate for libraries in Annapolis. This year’s events include:
- Briefing – Before 8:30am – Advocates arrive at the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Suite 303 of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, for a briefing by Hannah Powers and Cass Taylor of Alexander & Cleaver. They will discuss issues pertaining to libraries, as well as the general climate of the legislative session.
- Proclamation of Maryland Library Day – 10:00am – Proceed to the State House to either the House or Senate balcony where the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate respectively will proclaim the day as Maryland Library Day. Arrive outside the balcony doors before 10:00am to get a seat when the doors open. After the library community is acknowledged, feel free to quietly leave the balcony.
- Reception – 5:30pm – The day culminates with a reception in the President’s reception room of the Miller Senate Building. Senators and Delegates have been invited to attend.
Visits with legislators are scheduled throughout the day and are coordinated by members of the MLA Legislative Panel and Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators (MAPLA). This provides a great opportunity to thank legislators for past support, talk about services the library provides to their constituents, promote the value of libraries and encourage support for libraries.
If you are unable to participate in any of these activities, the Legislative Panel will also be coordinating a Virtual Maryland Library Legislative Day. Stay tuned for details about this new advocacy event!