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The Times
  • LFHS Library Club attends Library Advocacy Day

  • Four Little Falls High School students attended the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day in Albany on Tuesday.

    The library club members attended the event along with a network of libraries from the Central New York Library Resources Council to provide a visual of the strength of the library community to legislators.

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  • Four Little Falls High School students attended the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day in Albany on Tuesday.
    The library club members attended the event along with a network of libraries from the Central New York Library Resources Council to provide a visual of the strength of the library community to legislators.
    Little Falls City School District Library Media Specialist Emily Gibson said when it comes to libraries advocacy is very important.
    “Nothing in this world can be done alone and advocacy is a huge part of being a librarian. Every year when the school budget comes up it’s hard not to wonder how much will be taken away from library funding,” said Gibson. “The Little Falls school district is very supportive of its libraries, but in other school’s that’s not always the case.”
    During their trip, the students met with legislators during a meet and greet breakfast, attended Assembly session briefings with Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and marched in the Alliance for Quality Education parade.
    “This is a time where we can approach legislators and give them our perspective and express the importance of a library club and funding necessary for school libraries,” said senior Ashley Giaquinto.
    While meeting with Brindisi the students discussed restoring funding for school libraries and encouraged him to help public libraries.
    Senior Kyrah Jackson said supporting libraries could help future generations learn.
    “The library offers different technology and books and over the last four years we have embraced it as our home. We want the library to be carried on to the next generation of kids and expand to new technologies as time goes on,” she said.
    The students used technology and social media to record the day’s events.
    “They have been keeping everyone up to date on Twitter as well as posting photos on Instagram,” said Gibson.
    Gibson said she plans to take the school’s library club to Advocacy Day again next year and is hoping for a bigger group.
    The Little Falls High School library is a member of the Oneida-Madison BOCES school library system.

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