Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fairfax Library Advocates Meet with Delegate Mark Keam

This afternoon Aubrey Hamilton, Avi Dey, Ambassador Dennis Hays, and John Ball met with Delegate Mark Keam.  They discussed Virginia legislation to strengthen the educational role of the library.  Delegate Keam stated he has three libraries in his district (Tysons-Pimmit, Oakton and Patrick Henry), and noted he has been following the library issues through the e-mails the Advocates have been putting out. He is a strong supporter of public libraries and graciously offered to sponsor legislation in Richmond to officially designate libraries as "essential services" in the state of Virginia.  

Delegate Keam also was concerned to hear of the cap on the State's contributions to the Fairfax County Library System such that almost half the residents of Fairfax are not counted for allocation purposes.  He has agreed to look into this.

Delegate Mark Keam, 35th District

Aubrey Hamilton and Avi Dey from the 35th District and Ambassador Dennis Hays
of Fairfax Library Advocates

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