Michigan Library Association
Friday, January 21, 2022 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Advocacy Hour: Penal Fines, Civil Fines and Library Funding

SPECIAL DAY AND TIME! Friday, January 21, 2022
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Join us for a special Friday afternoon edition of our MLA Connect Advocacy Hour! On Friday, January 21 at 3:30 PM, we will welcome Michigan State Senator Ed McBroom and MLA Lobbyist Bob Devries for a discussion on the difference between penal fines and civil fines, and the ripple effects on library funding as a result of criminal justice reform. Join us to learn more about civil fines and penal fines, how these fines fund libraries, and the laws that surround them. 

Senator McBroom represents Michigan’s 38th Senate District, located in the Upper Peninsula, and Chairs the Senate Natural Resources and Oversight Committees.

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MLA 2024 Board Election Results and Board Appointments

The 2024 MLA Board of Directors Election results are in! This year MLA members voted for an MLA President-elect and four Member-at-Large Board positions and the Board appointed a Member-at-Large Director to fill a newly vacated seat.

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February Election Results

Check out our roundup of the February 27, 2024 election results for millage issues on ballots around the state. We are proud of the library boards, staff, and supporters for their work on these campaigns and their dedication to supporting their libraries. The Library of Michigan provides a listing of Public Library Millage Election Results from 2010 to the present. View the Michigan Public Library Millage Results 2010 to February 2024 (pdf).

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MLA Youth Literary Awards Top Ten Titles





Thumbs Up Award Top 10 Seal

Check out the top titles of the 2024 Mitten, YouPer and Thumbs Up! Awards! MLA Youth Literary Award workgroups spent thousands of hours reading, reviewing and discussing hundreds of books to determine the top titles for youth published in 2023. 

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Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Advocacy Hour: Intellectual Freedom

Thursday, December 16, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 AM

MLA’s new Advocacy Hour Conversations are an opportunity for the library community to learn more about MLA's advocacy and legislative priorities including funding, elections, property taxes, literacy, internet access, privacy, intellectual freedom and more. Each month, we will address a new topic and share any pending legislation introduced in the House or Senate that could impact the Michigan library community. Open discussion and Q & A will follow this interview-style agenda.

On Thursday, December 16, join Lance Werner, Director of the Kent District Library, and Amber McLain, Director of the Patmos Library, as they talk about intellectual freedom rights, share personal experiences, and open a conversation about book challenges, censorship, upholding rights to privacy, library audits, and MLA’s statement of principle. 

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