Michigan Library Association
Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Are You Prepared for Your Next Ballot Proposal?

Thursday, September 16, 2021
10:00 – 11:00 AM

Are You Prepared for Your Next Ballot Proposal? The MLA Connect September Coffee Hour is all about how to build community support for your library. 

Learn why voter support for funding libraries is dropping in many places, and what support is for your library looks like in your community.  

Know in advance what amount voters are willing to pay to keep your library open, improve or expand access, what can be done to increase support, and who you need on your team.  


Edward V. Sarpolus, Target Insyght 

Over the past 25 years, Edward has spoken to hundreds of groups, organizations, associations in Michigan and across the United States and other countries. He is the Executive Director of Target Insyght, which assists organizations with market research, image management, public relations, advocacy, and ballot campaign consulting. He has worked on over 200 millage and bond campaigns in the last 30 years including many that impact Michigan libraries.  

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PLA 2024 Recap

There was no question to any of the 7,500 attendees at PLA 2024 in Columbus, OH why they were there. Across from the main registration desk was an unmissable 10-foot-tall 3D wall with the Freedom to Read Foundation tagline: FREE PEOPLE READ FREELY. 

Library workers from around the nation have been on the front line to protect intellectual freedom for citizens everywhere, and according to ALA’s press release, “PLA 2024 celebrated innovation, inclusivity, and community empowerment, tailored explicitly to cater to the needs of public library professionals,” with standing-room-only sessions focused on leadership initiatives, emerging trends, inclusion, and best practices related to library service. The conference not only celebrated the hard work library professionals do every day to protect and support their communities but also provided attendees with the knowledge, resources, and a network of support to keep improving. For any Michigan library workers unable to make the trip south to Ohio, we want to share some of the valuable ideas we brought home from PLA 2024. 

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Governor Whitmer Proposes No Increase to State Aid to Libraries in FY25 Budget

As we have experienced for 8 years of the Snyder Administration and the 6th year of Governor Whitmer’s administration, the FY25 State Aid to Libraries budget remains flat. We also saw no increases for Library of Michigan programs/staff. (Link to the full GF budget below – Library of Michigan budget is on page 76.)

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More Ways to Support Libraries and the Freedom to Read

We need your help to spread the message for Michigan Library Advocacy Day! Order shirts to wear on April 16th and/or record a 30-second clip asking your legislator to support intellectual freedom and First Amendment rights by supporting the Freedom to Read Legislation.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Summer Reading 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021
10:00 – 11:00 am

With post-pandemic reopening underway and the summer quickly approaching, it’s time to grab a cup of coffee with youth librarians and library directors from around the state to discuss summer reading 2021 at your library.

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