Attending a Legislative Breakfast
What is a Legislative Breakfast?
Legislative breakfasts are laid-back, informal affairs that allow library teachers to strengthen their relationships with legislators and showcase the important work that they do on behalf of local constituents. Legislative breakfasts are held throughout the state by both public and school libraries, and are organized and overseen by the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA). Breakfasts typically take place from 8-9am on Fridays, during the months of January-March.
2016 School Library Legislative Breakfasts
Legislative breakfasts took place in school libraries throughout the state. School librarians were invited to attend any of these breakfasts, as well as those being held in public libraries. The 2017 schedule will be announced late in 2016.
Considering speaking at a Legislative Breakfast?
Feel free to structure your speech around one or more of the talking points outlined in the Legislative Talking Points Handout. Be sure to include personal anecdotes and honest reflections about how school libraries have impacted your life and the lives of your students. You speech should be no longer than 5mins and include a clear theme (i.e. equity, digital literacy, community, etc.). If you have any questions, or need help writing your speech, please feel free to contact the MSLA Legislative Committee:
Hosting a breakfast provides opportunities for attendees to ask questions and make comments regarding pertinent issues, such as legislation impacting school libraries, funding, staffing, and equitable access to resources. Scroll down the page to find out more about hosting a legislative breakfast in your library.
2016 Legislative Breakfast at Dartmouth Middle School (Hosted by School Librarian Laura Gardner).
Hosting a Legislative Breakfast in Your Library
What takes place at a legislative breakfast?
When do I need to start planning?
How can I host a breakfast at my school library?
For questions or additional assistance in getting started, please contact the members of the MSLA Legislative Committee:
How many people attend a breakfast?
How are the legislative breakfasts funded?
What are my responsibilities as the host library?
What are the two most important things to consider when deciding whether or not to host a legislative breakfast?
If you are interested in hosting a breakfast, please feel free to contact previous breakfast hosts.
Lexington High School
Westborough High School
I am unable to host a breakfast at my school library, but I still want to be involved. What can I do?