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New Yorkers for Better Libraries https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org JOIN US AND BECOME A DEFENDER OF LIBRARIES! Mon, 16 Aug 2021 16:30:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.18 https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/cropped-PAC-Final-Logo-Smaller-1-32x32.png New Yorkers for Better Libraries https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org 32 32 EMPIRE STATE LIBRARIES FUNDRAISER- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/2021/08/16/empire-state-libraries-fundraiser-monday-september-27th/ Mon, 16 Aug 2021 16:25:36 +0000 https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/?p=732 Continue reading "EMPIRE STATE LIBRARIES FUNDRAISER- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH"

The Empire State Libraries Fundraiser is an annual event that supports libraries throughout New York State.

About this event

Proceeds Support

  • New Yorkers for Better Libraries
  • NYLA Legal Defense Fund
  • Sustainable Libraries Initiative
  • PLDA of Suffolk County

Please Join Us.  Go to:


The Empire State Libraries Fundraiser is an annual event that supports libraries throughout New York State. There are several ways to be a part of this important event:

GOLF – Cart and greens fees included.

DINNER ONLY – Dine and network.

SPONSORSHIP – sponsor a tee-sign, beverage cart, closest to pin etc.

Maximum 88 Golfers

Unable to attend?

Consider donating to this worthy cause by becoming a sponsor (details on reverse side) or by purchasing a 50/50 raffle ticket.

Event Schedule

  • 11:30 am -1:00 pm Registration & Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Tee Off
  • 5:30 pm Cocktail Hour
  • 7:00 pm Dinner Reception

Golfers: Soft Spikes and collared shirts. No Denim or cut-offs

Our Sincere Thanks to All the Wonderful Sponsors of the Nassau Libraries’ Fundraiser for NY4BL https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/2021/05/04/723/ Tue, 04 May 2021 00:39:09 +0000 https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/?p=723 2021 Nassau PAC Journal  

Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors of the Nassau Librarians’ Farm to Table Virtual Cooking Event!

FARM TO TABLE VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS, MAY 3, 6:30-8:30 PM https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/2021/04/20/farm-to-table-virtual-cooking-class-may-3-630-830-pm/ Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:38:18 +0000 https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/?p=710 Continue reading "FARM TO TABLE VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS, MAY 3, 6:30-8:30 PM"


You are invited to a Virtual Cooking Class with Chef Eric LeVine to benefit New Yorkers for Better Libraries!

Chef Eric is the Executive Chef at 317 Main Street Restaurant in Farmingdale, New York and a past Chopped Champion. He’ll share cooking tips and demonstrate various recipes and tasty drinks.

Your ticket purchase includes admission to the virtual class and 5 raffle tickets. You also have the option of adding on additional raffle tickets ($10 for 5) and/or purchasing a raffle ticket for our Super Lottery Scratch-Off Tree raffle ($5 each).

To purchase tickets, click here.

This event is hosted by the Member Library Directors of Nassau County PAC Committee.

Questions about the event? Contact Debbie Podolski at dpodolski319@gmail.com

NY4BL Virtual Beer Tasting and Brewery Tour Was Fun for All https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/2021/01/12/ny4bl-virtual-bedder-tasting-and-brewery-tour/ Tue, 12 Jan 2021 21:40:47 +0000 https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/?p=695 Continue reading "NY4BL Virtual Beer Tasting and Brewery Tour Was Fun for All"

Update:  102 library supporters and beer drinkers were present online for the NY4BL BeerTasting and Brewery Tour.  The beer was delicious, the company was sublime, and the NY4BL netted over $10,000 for its library advocacy program.  Special thanks are in order to the PUBLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION OF SUFFOLK COUNTY for its sponsorship of the event.


NYLA’s Library Advocacy Day is virtual this year and, NEVER wanting to be left out of the fun, the New Yorkers for Better Libraries are hosting our Annual Fundraising Gala the night before in the best way we can think of – with a beer tasting and virtual tour of Buffalo’s Big Ditch Brewing Company!

3 tiers of tickets are available and 2 of them include a tasting box shipped directly to you (New York State addresses only). All 3 include a virtual tour of the brewery, brand and beer with Matt Kahn, President/Owner of Big Ditch Brewing Company. Tasting box tickets should be purchased by February 14 to ensure that it arrives at your door in time for the February 25 event.  You can register for this unique event at https://ny4blgala2021.givesmart.com/

It’s very difficult to ensure that our voices are being heard in Albany during budget discussions. This year will be particularly challenging with 43 newly elected legislators and the ongoing COVID pandemic. We need your help to capture new legislators’ attention and retain the support of our existing champions. It is essential that we be at the table when decisions about the future of libraries occur, and your donations will help make that happen. Please go to https://ny4blgala2021.givesmart.com/ to register!

Not a beer drinker and/or not available that night? Please consider making a donation of any amount to support the work of NY4BL as we head into a challenging 2021 budget year.  You can donate at the bottom of the page at https://ny4blgala2021.givesmart.com/

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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 https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/2020/10/20/kinda-karaoke-happy-hour/ Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:33:16 +0000 https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/?p=665 Continue reading "KINDA KARAOKE HAPPY HOUR: VOTING NOW OPEN"


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.


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.





NY4BL at NYLA’s Virtual Annual Conference https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/2020/06/16/hoping-to-see-you-as-soon-as-possible/ Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:23:36 +0000 https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/?p=658 Continue reading "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.
Successful Virtual Zoom Show & Tell Raises $1200 for NY4BL https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/2020/04/21/join-ny4bl-for-a-virtual-zoom-quarantine-show-tell/ Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:59:59 +0000 https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/?p=641

It was a blast!   We guaranteed fun, respite, and massive distraction, or your money back…nobody asked for a refund.



You’re Invited: Join us at the Annual NY4BL GALA FUNDRAISING BANQUET https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/2019/12/20/join-us-at-the-annual-ny4bl-gala-fundraising-banquet/ Fri, 20 Dec 2019 19:01:20 +0000 https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/?p=444 Continue reading "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.


History Happy Hour: Christmas with the Donner Party tickets now on sale https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/2019/10/22/history-happy-hour-christmas-with-the-donner-party/ Tue, 22 Oct 2019 21:20:28 +0000 https://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org/?p=623 Continue reading "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.

Tickets are $30 each and include 1 draft beer or cider ticket, light snacks and a donation to New Yorkers for Better Libraries. Cash bar and additional food options for purchase available throughout event. Your ticket(s) will be held at the door.

Purchase tickets by clicking here

Friday, December 13, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm

The Back Bar at Blue Barn Cidery, 928 Manitou Road, Hilton, NY

Prefer to pay by check? Send your check for $30 per person payable to New Yorkers for Better Libraries and mail to P.O. Box 16748, Rochester, NY 14616