‘Love Your Library’ License Plates Bill Passes Both Houses in the Legislature

July 8, 2004

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, 90th AD, announces the passages of A.9705. This legislation focuses on generating more revenue for our state libraries by creating "Love Your Library" license plates available for a $25 fee. The money collected from this project goes into the Love Your Library Fund, used for the development of libraries and summer reading programs. This program hopes to raise public awareness of libraries and create additional revenue for the over 7000 state libraries.

This bill has passed both the Senate and the Assembly and is waiting for the Governor’s signature. An identical bill (S.6835) was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Hugh Farley. Assemblywoman Galef is the Chair of the Libraries and Educational Technology Committee in the Assembly. "This is a wonderful way for people to help the libraries in New York by displaying the library license plate and contributing financially to our libraries," stated Galef. "I am pleased that the money raised in this effort is directed to summer reading programs for children. As a former teacher, I know how important it is for children to love books and reading and to keep their skills strong during the summer months when they are not in school."

Joyce Lannert, President of the Ossining Public Library, said the Love Your Library license plate program is "wonderful" and is "seeing everyone in Ossining wanting one."