As a librarian, I'm obliged to pass along the following press release, in case y'all want to run out and get one...
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles announced the availability of the new "Love Your Library" license plate at a press conference today. The plate features a library-related graphic and the tagline "READ LEARN EXPLORE."
Renato Donato, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the NYS DMV; Carole Huxley, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Cultural Education; Assemblywoman Sandra Galef; and a representative of Senator Hugh Farley's office. Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Farley sponsored the law creating the Love Your Library license plate.
The Love Your Library (LYL) license plate is available to anyone who has a passenger or commercial vehicle registered in New York State. The International Symbol of Access is available on both types of plates for those who qualify. When issued in the commercial class, the word COMMERCIAL will appear in the tagline. Proceeds from the plate's annual fee will help support the NY State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program at public libraries across the state.
The NYSL's Statewide Summer Reading Program keeps students Pre-K through 12 reading when school is not in session. Youngsters choose what they read and learn the joys of reading while building literacy skills.
Each year the NYSL works with public libraries and library systems to develop a theme and encourage youngsters to participate. This year's program, "Tune In @Your Library," was coordinated by Crystal Faris, Youth Services Manager, Nassau Library System. More than 1 million youngsters participated in 2004.
The LYL license plate is available from the NYS DMV, their Custom Plates Unit at 518-402-4838, and all Issuing Offices. Individuals may call the Custom Plates number to place an order using MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The order forms can also be accessed on the NYSL's web site or to order online, go here and click on the 'Love Your Library' plate under 'Recently Released Plates.'
The initial fee for a plate with a number assigned by DMV is $43, with a $25 annual renewal fee. The initial fee for a plate personalized with your choice of two to six characters including spaces is $68, with a $50 annual renewal fee. The $25 annual fee will be deposited to the credit of the LYL Fund, which supports the Statewide Summer Reading Program.
For more information on the LYL fund, contact Janet M. Welch, State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries via phone at (518) 474-5930 or e-mail.
For more information on the New York State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program, go to the website and point to Statewide Summer Reading.
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