Requires distribution of information on obtaining library card and application to all students.
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Perkins, Ranzenhofer
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the distribution of library card applications and information in public schools
PURPOSE: This bill expands access to the New York State public library system by encouraging local libraries and schools to enter into partnerships to make library card applications and library information available to students, thereby encouraging children to read and learn outside the classroom.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends the Education Law by adding a new section 816 relating to the distribution of information on obtaining a library card and a library card application to students.
Section 1 adds a new section 816 to the Education Law with subsection (1) providing the legislative intent and subsection (2) defining the terms of school district and public library.
Subsection (3) provides that, upon the request of a public library that is located within the boundaries of a school district, the district shall disseminate library card applications and informational material provided by the local library. Upon request, such items shall be distributed to students upon their entry into kindergarten, grade 6, and grade 9 and to all new students. Materials shall also be made available in the school library.
Subsection (4) provides that the director of each participating public library shall consult annually with the school district in order to coordinate the provision of materials containing information regarding the library, instructions on how students may obtain a library card and an application for a library card.
Subsection (5) states that the participating local public library shall provide sufficient materials to each school.
Subsection (6) clarifies that school districts that do not have public libraries within their boundaries are not required to comply with this law.
Subsection (7) allows the Commissioner of Education to establish rules and regulations to implement these provisions.
Subsection (8) states nothing in this act shall require a school district to expend additional funds in order to comply with the provisions of this section.
Subsection (9) provides that this law shall not apply to a school district or a library in a city of one million or more where such district or library are subject to a local law which was adopted prior to the enactment of this section and which provides for the distribution of library materials in public schools.
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 student 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 encouraging libraries and schools to enter into partnerships to distribute an application for a library card, as well as information about the public library, to every kindergartener, 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: Similar to 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--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. FARLEY, ADDABBO, AVELLA, BOYLE, DeFRANCISCO, ESPAIL- LAT, GRISANTI, LARKIN, LAVALLE, MARTINS, MAZIARZ, MONTGOMERY, NOZZO- LIO, RANZENHOFER, RITCHIE, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the distribution of library card applications and information in public schools 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. LOCAL LIBRARY AND SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS. 1. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. IN ORDER TO PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO READ AND LEARN OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, THIS LAW SEEKS TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL LIBRARIES AND SCHOOLS TO WORK TOGETHER TO PROMOTE THE AVAILABILITY OF LIBRARY SERVICES AND RESOURCES. 2. 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. B. "PUBLIC LIBRARY" SHALL MEAN ANY PUBLIC OR ASSOCIATION LIBRARY AS DEFINED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE OF THIS TITLE. 3. UPON THE REQUEST OF A PUBLIC LIBRARY THAT IS LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE DISTRICT SHALL DISSEMINATE INFORMA- TIONAL MATERIALS PROVIDED BY THE LIBRARY REGARDING THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND APPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARY CARDS TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. SUCH MATERIALS SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED TO ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING, AS REQUESTED BY THE PUBLIC LIBRARY:EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00118-06-3 S. 2018--A 2
A. ANNUALLY TO EVERY STUDENT OF SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT UPON HIS OR HER ENTRY INTO KINDERGARTEN, GRADE SIX AND GRADE NINE, EXCEPT THAT A LIBRARY AND SCHOOL MAY AGREE TO ALTERNATE OR ADDITIONAL GRADES; 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. 4. THE DIRECTOR OF EACH PARTICIPATING PUBLIC LIBRARY SHALL CONSULT ANNUALLY WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN ORDER TO COORDINATE THE PROVISION OF MATERIALS CONTAINING INFORMATION REGARDING THE LIBRARY, INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW STUDENTS MAY OBTAIN A LIBRARY CARD AND AN APPLICATION FOR A LIBRARY CARD. 5. 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 THREE OF THIS SECTION SO THAT EACH SCHOOL MAY SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION. 6. 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. 7. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH RULES AND REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. 8. NOTHING IN THIS ACT SHALL REQUIRE A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO EXPEND ADDI- TIONAL FUNDS IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. 9. THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR A LIBRARY IN A CITY OF ONE MILLION OR MORE WHERE SUCH DISTRICT OR LIBRARY ARE SUBJECT TO A LOCAL LAW WHICH WAS ADOPTED PRIOR TO THE ENACTMENT OF THIS SECTION AND WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.