Maryland Library Legislative Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 23rd. Members of the Maryland library community take the opportunity once a year to make a strong presence in Annapolis and advocate for libraries. This year’s events include:
- 8:00am – Briefing – Advocates arrive at the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Suite 303 of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, for a briefing on current issues, advocacy strategies and what to expect from this legislative session.
- 10:00am – Proclamation of Maryland Library Day – The Senate President will proclaim the day as Maryland Library Day on the Senate floor. Supporters should arrive outside the State House’s Senate balcony doors before 10:00am to get a seat when the doors open. After the library community is acknowledged, people may quietly leave the balcony.
- 5:30pm – Reception – The day concludes with a reception in the President’s conference room of the Miller Senate Office Building. Senators and Delegates have been invited to attend, along with any members of the Maryland library community.
Visits with legislators are scheduled throughout the day and are coordinated by members of the MLA Legislative Panel and the 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 advocacy event!