ALA Virtual Legislative Day allows library advocates to contact Congress from home

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jillian Kalonick
ALTAFF

PHILADELPHIA — Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on May 10, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can still be a part of the effort by calling and/or e-mailing their elected officials on May 10 — or any time the week of May 9-13.

The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), the ALA Washington Office, ALA Chapter Relations, and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy will lead Virtual Library Legislative Day, an opportunity for all library advocates to make their voices heard on a national level.

ALTAFF Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed encourages all advocates to take part in this united effort to ensure America’s libraries can continue to serve the public. “If citizens who care for libraries remain silent, it’s the same as saying they are okay with low budgets and closed libraries,” Reed said. “The only way for us to make a difference is to make our voices heard.”

National Library Legislative Day began in 1976. In 2003, Friends of Libraries U.S.A. began a virtual component to engage Friends of the Library groups, library advocates, and supporters around the country who could not travel to Washington, D.C. for the main event. Now its ninth consecutive year, the virtual campaign continues to support the efforts of those who attend this important day in Washington, D.C. and meet with their elected officials in person.

Talking points and links to contact information for members of Congress are available on the ALTAFF website (www.ala.org/altaff) and www.ilovelibraries.org. Both web sites also provide a flyer and bookmarks for library advocates to print, e-mail, or post on their websites to help spread the word in their communities.

In addition, a recorded webcast available on both websites highlights actions advocates can take to support the library community in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.ala.org/altaff or www.ilovelibraries.org.

More information about National Library Legislative Day, including a list of events for those who plan to participate in Washington, D.C., can be found online at http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/advocacy/nlld/index.cfm.

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ALTAFF is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. ALTAFF brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ala.org/altaff, or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick@ala.org.

About Jacob Roberts

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

One comment

  1. Our school libraries are concerned about the lack of state funding to our schools. We need to continue to support school libraries so that our students can learn library skills for a lifetime. Reading is also a lifetime skill that needs to be promoted so that we will have an educated society for our posterity. Please continue to support school libraries and also school librarians in their role of helping students learn.

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