By now you have seen information on our announce list or on social media regarding the threat to federal library support. Library advocates need to contact their U.S. House Representatives this week and ask them to sign Dear Appropriator letters by the March 19 deadline.
Contact your members of Congress today and urge them to protect library funding. Let them know how important these centers of literacy, access, lifelong education and learning are to your community.
The time to act is now. Speak up! Here are some tools to help:
- ALA’s #FundLibraries Campaign: find out if your House Representative has signed Dear Appropriator letters to fully fund Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) programs.
- Contact your Representative: use a handy widget to quickly draft a message to your elected federal reps regarding the preservation of federal library funding.
- Media Toolkit: additional tips and suggestions for getting the word out in your community.
- The new appropriations infographic illustrating the entire process and where citizen input is most needed and effective.
We all realize that libraries are the vibrant hearts of the communities we serve. Let’s do our best to keep those hearts strong.