What a Grand Time

No, weren’t there in person, but our Kinda Karaoke was a virtual blast.    Our star performers, Jeremy Johannesen and the NYLA staff exceeded all expectations and helped raise over $3000 that can be used to help the library community’s voice be heard in Albany this coming budget cycle.  Thanks to all who donated and voted, and special thanks to to Jeremy and his wonderful staff!  It’s never to late to help out with a donation by clicking here.

KINDA KARAOKE HAPPY HOUR: VOTING NOW OPEN

CLICK HERE TO VOTE…REMEMBER EVERY VOTE COUNTS AND THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF TIMES YOU CAN VOTE.

We are sad that we can’t all be in the same zip code for the NYLA Conference this year, and we are especially sad that we won’t see (hear?) you at our Karaoke fundraiser

But have no fear! Karaoke is still kinda happening and you can still support New Yorkers for Better Libraries!

Karaoke is kinda happening in the sense that there will be one brave soul regaling us with his singing prowess this year, and he’ll be on a live stream at 5 pm on Friday, November 6. He may or may not be in costume, but he will definitely be singing at least one song. And the best thing is that you all get to vote on what song or songs he’ll be singing and support the PAC at the same time.

NYLA’s fearless Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen, always confident in his ability to pull off the #bestconferenceever, has agreed to this nonsense because he knows how important NY4BL is going to be as we head into a challenging 2021 budget year. He’s chosen 6 songs, and you can vote as many times as you like ($20 donation per vote).

Everyone who votes/donates will be sent a Zoom invitation the morning of the November 6 live stream event.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE…REMEMBER EVERY VOTE COUNTS AND THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF TIMES YOU CAN VOTE.

In these unique and unprecedented times New York’s libraries need your support now more than ever. The upcoming budget cycle promises to be one of the most challenging that we, as a library community, have ever faced.  In order to be sure that our voices are heard we are asking you to consider making a donation to the New Yorkers For Better Libraries PAC to ensure that libraries have “a seat at the table” during upcoming State budget negotiations.

AND THE VOTING IS NOW OPEN!   CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

 

 

 

NY4BL at NYLA’s Virtual Annual Conference

We hope to see you at the virtual NYLA Conference in November of this year.
Although we will not be able to have a booth or our annual cocktail party, we are planning to host a virtual event on Friday, November 5th.  Stay tuned for all the details!
Needless to say,  we miss our friends and colleagues in the library community very much, and hope to see everyone as soon as possible.

You’re Invited: Join us at the Annual NY4BL GALA FUNDRAISING BANQUET

Join us at the Annual NY4BL GALA FUNDRAISING BANQUET:  Monday, February 24th, at the Downtown Albany Hilton.

Your NY4BL GALA FUNDRAISING BANQUET TICKET  includes dinner, cocktail hour (starting at 5 pm this year), prizes,  and your donation to New York’s award winning political action committee.

(You may purchase either regular or gold tickers; gold ticket holders are entitled to all of the above plus extra chances to win prizes and a choice of NY4BL memorabilia.

TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION, CLICK HERE.

History Happy Hour: Christmas with the Donner Party tickets now on sale

On Christmas Day in 1846, the Donner Party – a group of pioneers who infamously resorted to cannibalism after becoming trapped in the Sierra Nevada – prayed to God for the end of their gnawing hunger.  Join historian Maya Rook and New Yorkers for Better Libraries for an exploration of their journey westward and winter entrapment in the mountains, with a special focus on how they spent Christmas…and what they ate for dinner.

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KARAOKE 2019! TICKETS NOW ON SALE

LOOKING FOR THE FUNNEST EVENT AT THE SARATOGA NYLA CONFERENCE?  YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED BY THE NY4BL KARAOKE 2019!   COME TO THE PARTY, SING, LISTEN, CLAP, DRINK, BE AMAZED AND AWED…IT’S ALL PART OF THE KARAOKE 2019 EXPERIENCE.

DETAILS:  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH AT PARTING GLASS IRISH PUB LOCATED AT 40-42 LAKE AVENUE, SARATOGA SPRINGS…JUST A SHORT HOP FROM THE CONVENTION CENTER!

KARAOKE BEGINS AT 9:30 PM.  WE’LL SEE YOU THERE!

ATTENDANCE IS  $15 IN ADVANCE FOR REGULAR ADMISSION, OR $100 FOR VIP ADMISSION (VIPs RECEIVE DRINK TICKETS AND A CUSTOM T-SHIRT).  ADVANCE TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE HERE.

ADMISSION WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR $20.

Nassau Libraries Come Through (Again!) for NY4BL

Nassau Libraries held its annual NY4BL fundraiser at Domenico’s Restaurant on May 16th.  An excellent turnout heard Clive Young speak on the topic “Shelf Indulgence: Libraries in Pop Culture”.  The event raised over $12,000 for the NY4BL, which will be used to further the cause of libraries among decision-makers in Albany.  Another great job by our wonderful friends in Nassau County!

 Conference Planning Committee:  Lto R: Janis Schoen (retired Massapequa), Elizabeth Goldfrank (Hicksville), Maureen Chiofalo (retired Rockville Centre), Frank Mc Kenna (Seaford), Jan Heinlein (NLS), Victor Caputo (Bryant), Mamie Eng (Valley Stream) , Debbie Podolski (Farmingdale), Dan Chuzmir(Merrick).

Mark Your Calendar: NY4BL Annual GALA Fundraiser Banquet February 26th, 2019

Join us at the Annual NY4BL GALA FUNDRAISING BANQUET:  Tuesday, February 26th, at the Downtown Albany Hilton.

Your NY4BL GALA FUNDRAISING BANQUET TICKET  includes dinner, cocktail hour (starting at 6 pm), prizes,  trivia for brainy people, and your donation to New York’s award winning political action committee.

(You may purchase either regular or gold tickers; gold ticket holders are entitled to all of the above plus extra chances to win prizes and a commemorative t-shirt.

TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION, CLICK here