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Send Your Senators a “Save School Libraries” Valentine!

We need your help — ALL LIBRARIANS AND LIBRARY ADVOCATES — to ensure the inclusion of the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act in the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

School classroomThis is the single most important piece of legislation concerning school libraries that will come before Congress this year. Reauthorization of this bill is critical to the future of school libraries.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will be considering reauthorization of NCLB in the next month. In order for the SKILLs Act to be included in NCLB — that is, to place a state-certified school library media specialist in every school — each member of the Senate must co-sponsor the SKILLS Act.

Valentine This Valentine’s Day, have your teens, parents, children and library supporters flood federal elected officials’ district offices with Valentines that express love for your school library and its staff and ask for support for important legislation.

This is your chance to send an “I Love My School Librarian” Valentine card to your U.S. Senators, and to ask them to co-sponsor the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act! (See the YALSA I Love My Librarian Wiki for more info.

The names of your Senators must appear on this bill! If your Senators’ names do not appear as co-sponsors, please call their offices immediately and request that they support the SKILLs Act. Then ask your Senators to contact either Senate HELP Committee Chairman Ted Kennedy (D-MA) or Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY) to express the importance of the SKILLS Act of be included in NCLB reauthorization.

If your Senators’ names DO appear on this bill, contact and thank them for the continued support of school libraries and school library media specialists.

Please visit the Legislative Action Center for talking points and more information on the SKILLs Act.

Legislative Action Center

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

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