Annual Appeal


Last year was a remarkable year for the New Jersey Library Association.  The excitement of having two pieces of legislation pass was quickly surpassed by the overwhelming success of the Construction Bond Referendum by the voters of New Jersey, thanks in very large part to extraordinary advocacy efforts. I am asking for your help to keep the successes coming in 2019!

The New Jersey Library Association strives to provide professional development, networking opportunities, and advocacy efforts for all New Jersey libraries and librarians. Executive Director Pat Tumulty helps keep the association moving forward and assisting NJLA in articulating our accomplishments and values in Trenton.  When times are tough and we are threatened -- whether by a shrinking budget or a lawsuit -- NJLA is present and instrumental in helping libraries continue to thrive.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you consider you contribution to the NJLA Annual Appeal this year:

  • The passage of the Construction Bond Act providing $ 1.25 million for library construction
  • The passage of Public Law 2017, Chapter 260 (also referred to as the Johnson Bill), legislation that permits an increase of municipal public library funding upon voter approval
  • Advocating for S2668/A3801 for full funding of Per Capita State Aid
  • Continued support of Library Network Aid
  • Advocating for S2933/A132 to provide a statewide Information Literacy Curriculum
  • Advocating for A1995/S2394, the School Library Media Specialist Required Ratio Bill
  • Annual Conference on timely topics
  • Networking opportunities and social events
  • Numerous workshops for all types of libraries and librarianship
  • Co-sponsorship  of the New Jersey Library Association of Library Assistants conference

And this list is just a sample of all that NJLA does to promote and strengthen our libraries throughout the year!

Please join me and the entire Executive Board in making an additional contribution to NJLA this year.  Every gift will be acknowledged, and in addition, donors will be recognized at the Annual NJLA Conference in May. As you consider this request, please think about what NJLA means to you and give as generously as you can.

Please make your donations payable to: NJLA, PO Box 1534, Trenton NJ 08607 and indicate on your check Annual Appeal Fund. Donations to the annual appeal may also be made online through the NJLA website at NJLA is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization. This donation is tax deductible to the extent provided by the law.


Leah Wagner

President, New Jersey Library Association

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