While we wait for 'normal' to return, now is an excellent time to reach out to your local legislators to remind them of the importance of libraries. This Engagement urges our legislators to support the FY21 MBLC Legislative Agenda. This agenda has a focus on State Aid to Public Libraries and the message stresses the importance of this resource for our local libraries.
Libraries are being left behind in Congress's pandemic response. When libraries are left behind, our communities are left behind. We need you to take action and urge Congress to provide emergency relief for libraries.
There is currently no dedicated support for America's libraries in new COVID-19 relief packages - though healthcare, small businesses, and numerous other sectors have been included. Representative Andy Levin (D-MI) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) are sponsoring legislation calling for $2 billion in emergency recovery funding for America's libraries through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) The Library Stabilization Fund Act would allow libraries across the country to retain staff, maintain services, and safely keep communities connected and informed.
Urge your Senators and Representative to cosponsor this legislation and keep #LibrariesStrong.
News and announcements from the Office of Governor Charlie Baker. For a complete archive of Governor's orders related to COVID-19, visit the State Library of Massachusetts collection linked in the box below.
Information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Includes current cases and public health advisories. For a complete archive of DPH case reports, visit the State Library of Massachusetts collection linked in the box below.
The State Library is cataloging and archiving resources from state agencies related to COVID-19. Includes updates from various state agencies by date, as well as dedicated archives for several frequently updated resources:
-- MEMA Response Command Center Daily Situation Reports
-- Dept. of Public Health Daily Reports
-- Orders from Office of the Governor
Resources provided are for informational purposes only, not specifically endorsed by MLS, and not meant to substitute for advice from a medical or public health professional.