Library Advocates Gathered in Washington for 38th Annual National Library Legislative Day

MeetingwithRepJohnLewisStafferMore than 350 librarians and library supporters from across the country converged in Washington, D.C. from April 23–24, 2012, to meet with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 38th annual National Library Legislative Day. The event focused on supporting federal funding for the national libraries.

The ALA had over 300 advocacy messages sent to members of Congress as part of Virtual Library Legislative Day, a component for library supporters who could not attend the Washington meetings. Advocates worked remotely to connect with legislators via phone calls, emails and social media platforms.

Additionally, the Legislative Day event included the joint announcement on the partnership between public libraries and the Head Start program. The partnership encourages more collaboration between early childhood Head Start programs and libraries.

To learn more about National Library Legislative Day, go to

Jazzy Wright is the Press Officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office. Email her at

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