The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the efforts of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee on including funding for libraries at this week’s markup.
The bill includes $30 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), which is a $400,000 increase over FY 2012. By law, a minimum of half of the funds under this program ($14.5 million) must go to school libraries in the neediest school districts as a competitive grant. The rest of the program will be allocated for national nonprofits that work for childhood literacy.
“The American Library Association supports the funding levels that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and school libraries,” said ALA President Molly Raphael. “We look forward to working with the rest of the Senate and the House to make sure libraries are federally funded at these committee approved levels.”