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URGENT: Please ask your Representative to sign onto Rep. Grijalva’s Dear Colleague in support of library funding!

Please contact your Representative and ask him or her to sign the “Dear Colleague” letter being circulated by Congressman Raul Grijalva in support of funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program.

The deadline to sign the letter is Wednesday April 1! LSTA and Improving Literacy Through School Libraries are two of the most important federal programs for libraries today.  The letter will not be taken seriously, and it will appear as if Members of Congress do not care about libraries if we don’t have hundreds of signers on the letter. Programs that don’t have a vocal support network are in danger of being cut.

The letter is addressed to the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation Subcommittees and requests that the House include $300 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and $100 million for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program for FY 2010.

Not sure who your Members of Congress are?  Go to the Legislative Action Center to identify your elected officials and send them an e-mail!

Once you have convinced your Representative to sign onto the letter, you must have him or her call Joseph Mais in order to co-sign the letter at 202.225.2435.
UPDATE – The following Members have signed onto the Dear Colleague:
If this is your Representative, please feel free to thank them.
Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)
Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
Rush Holt (D-NJ)
John Lewis (D-GA)
James Oberstar (D-MN)
Mike Ross (D-AR)
Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Ike Skelton (D-MO)
Paul Tonko (D-NY)
Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
Paul Hodes (D-NH)
Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
Eric Massa (D-NY)
Dave Loebsack (D-IA)
Lois Capps (D-CA)
Donald Payne (D-NJ)
Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
Nick Rahall (D-WV)
Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
John Hall (D-NY) (N)
Michael Michaud (D-ME)
John Shimkus (R-IL)
Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)

HOWEVER, several Representatives have signed on in the past and have not yet done so this year.  If your Representative is on this list, please call them IMMEDIATELY and ask them to sign on to Rep. Grijalva’s letter:

David Wu (D-OR)
Tim Holden (D-PA)
Robert Wexler (D-FL)
John Conyers (D-MI)
Michael Arcuri (D-NY)
William Clay (D-MO)

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