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posted Feb 20, 2014, 1:37 PM by Lawrence County Public Library
Librarians from across the state celebrated Alabama Library Legislative Day: Declaring Alabama’s Right to Libraries on February 18, 2014, in Montgomery, Alabama. Librarians from Alabama’s public, school, and academic libraries participated in a ceremonial signing of the Declaration for the Right to Libraries and met with legislators.

Library Legislative Day is an annual event to raise awareness of the importance of libraries to Alabama communities and to the state as a whole. It was also a chance for the Lawrence County Public Library to thank area legislators for their continued support of local libraries.  Director Rex Bain had the opportunity to briefly meet with our State Senators, Senator Roger Bedford and Senator Paul Bussman.  Thanks to the aid of Senator Bedford, Bain was able to meet with Senator Arthur Orr to discuss the importance of continued funding for the Alabama Virtual Library.

Alabama libraries provide essential services in support of our state’s educational, economic development, and workforce recovery goals by providing literacy and skills instruction, homework and tutoring resources, small business and vocational training resources, and by helping people find and apply for jobs. Public libraries represent tax dollars well spent.

In recognition of the important work that libraries and librarians do throughout the state, Governor Robert Bentley officially proclaimed February 18, 2014, as Alabama Library Legislative Day.