Requires distribution of information on obtaining library card and application to all students.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring school districts to distribute to students in each school building written information about the public library and how to obtain a library card
PURPOSE: This bill expands access to the New York State public library system by requiring school districts to distribute informational material to students entering certain grade levels and students new to a particular school and to keep such materials available at all times in a school's library.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends the Education Law by adding a new section 816 relating to requiring school districts to distribute information on obtaining a library card and a library card application to all students.
Section 1 adds a new section 816 to the Education Law with subsection (1) that defines key terms.
Subsection (2) requires that school districts disseminate informational materials about the public library. Such information is to be provided by the local library to each school for distribution to students upon his/her entry into kindergarten grade 6, 9 and to all new students.
Subsection (3) requires that school districts consult with the director of each public library located within the boundaries of the school district.
Subsection (4) requires that the local public library provides sufficient materials to each school.
Subsection (5) waives compliance for school districts that do not have public libraries within their boundaries.
Subsection (6) allows the commissioner to establish rules and regulations to implement these provisions.
Subsection (7) states nothing in this act shall require a school district to expend additional funds in order to comply with the provisions of this section.
Section 2 provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: A public library card provides students with a passport to the world, allowing them to explore the limits of their own imagination. Ensuring that every students has access to our public libraries is a crucial first step in developing a lifelong connection with some of New York's greatest resources. This bill expands learning opportunities by requiring that the Department of Education distribute an application for a library card, as well as information about the State's public
library systems to every kindergarten, sixth grader, and high school freshman as well as all new students. The bill also ensures that applications and information on the public library system are provided in sufficient quantities and made available to students and parents alike in the school's library.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.4174-A of 2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the next September 1 succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2018 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring school districts to distribute to students in each school building written information about the public library and how to obtain a library card THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 816 to read as follows: S 816. DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION MATERIALS. 1. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL BE DEFINED AS FOLLOWS: A. "SCHOOL DISTRICT" SHALL MEAN ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK THAT CONTAINS ONE OR MORE SCHOOLS WITH ANY COMBINATION OF GRADES FROM AND INCLUDING KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWELVE WHICH IS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY. B. "PUBLIC LIBRARY" SHALL MEAN ANY PUBLIC OR ASSOCIATION LIBRARY AS DEFINED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE OF THIS TITLE WHICH IS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY. 2. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL BE REQUIRED TO DISSEMINATE INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS ABOUT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND APPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARY CARDS TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AS FOLLOWS: A. ANNUALLY TO EVERY STUDENT OF SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT UPON HIS OR HER ENTRY INTO KINDERGARTEN, GRADE SIX AND GRADE NINE; B. TO EVERY STUDENT UPON HIS OR HER ENROLLMENT AS A NEW STUDENT; AND C. AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY IN EACH SCHOOL WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS WHO WISH TO OBTAIN SUCH MATERIALS. 3. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL CONSULT ANNUALLY WITH THE DIRECTOR OF EACH PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICTEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00118-01-3 S. 2018 2
IN ORDER TO REQUEST COPIES OF MATERIALS CONTAINING INFORMATION REGARDING THE LIBRARY, INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW STUDENTS MAY OBTAIN A LIBRARY CARD AND AN APPLICATION FOR A LIBRARY CARD. 4. EACH PUBLIC LIBRARY THAT IS LOCATED IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL PROVIDE SUFFICIENT COPIES OF SUCH MATERIALS TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR DISTRIBUTION AS DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION SO THAT EACH SCHOOL MAY SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION. 5. IN THE EVENT THERE IS NO PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDA- RIES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT, SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH THIS SECTION. 6. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH RULES AND REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. 7. NOTHING IN THIS ACT SHALL REQUIRE A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO EXPEND ADDI- TIONAL FUNDS IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.