Cheery Friday Greetings,
I hope that this edition of the News finds you healthy and safe! Thank you for choosing to spend a few minutes with us!
Some of you have dropped in for our community meet-ups, SCRLC-LIVE. We love spending time with our members and guests from outside the region! If you have a few minutes on a Tuesday afternoon, please join us! They are from 1-2 p.m.--feel free to drop in at any point. Login details are provided below.
The information regarding COVID-19 continues to expand-as does help to mitigate the economic effects that it is having on organizations and individuals. This past week, the federal CARES Act was signed into law. This Act aids organizations--including libraries, historical societies, museums, and other cultural organizations-by providing such assistance as the Payroll Protection Program (PPP). The application period for PPP opened today. This happened so quickly that banks are scrambling to get the application process in place. There are several good sources of information about the CARES Act and the other assistance available to organizations. Here are a few:
Also, a word about the state budget-see below for the statement from the New York Library Association. In the budget that was passed last night, cuts to library aid were held to $2.5M, which is a 2.59% cut over the current year--$94.1M instead of $96.6M. It could have been so much worse, though we do not know when and how much funding will actually be received. It is just too early to know the impact of the pandemic crisis on our economy.
I wish you a nice weekend-hopefully there will be some rays of sunshine to accompany us on our walks, runs, and hikes-and other outside activities that can be safely enjoyed!
Yours in partnership,