IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: Contact Your Senator and Ask Him or Her To Support Federal Funding For America’s Libraries

Please contact your Senator and ask him or her to sign the “Dear Colleague” letter being circulated by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in support of funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program.

The letter is addressed to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation Subcommittees and requests that the Senate include President Bush’s request of $214.432 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and increased funding for the Improving Literary Through School Libraries program for FY 2009.

LSTA and Improving Literacy Through School Libraries are two of the most important federal programs for libraries today. If we don’t have every Senator sign on, the letter will not be taken seriously, and it will appear as if Members of Congress do not care about libraries. Programs that don’t have a vocal support network are in danger of being cut.

When you contact your Senator, you must ask him or her to call Elyse with Senator Reed or Nikki with Senator Collins, in order to co-sign the letter. DO NOT CALL Elyse or Nikki directly.

The deadline for signing this letter is March 14.

fy09 “Dear Colleague” Library Letter.pdf

fy09 Library Funding Request.pdf

View the list of Senators who have signed the letter.

Visit the Legislative Action Center to find contact information for your Senator.

About Jacob Roberts

Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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