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Five minutes can net libraries $200 million next year

Earlier this week, we asked for your help in defending the more than $200 million in LSTA and other federal library funding from Congressional and Administration cost-cutters.  Time was short then and it’s even shorter now.  Your help is needed to get your Representative and both US Senators to sign “Dear Appropriator” letters supporting LSTA and Innovative Approaches to Literacy grants, among others.  With just a few days left to get as many members of Congress behind those programs as humanly possible, now is the time for you to go to ALA’s Legislative Action Center and help save more than $200 million for communities across the country . . . very likely including yours!

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A strong showing on these letters sends a signal to the Appropriations Committees’ to protect LSTA and IAL funding. So far, your work has generated thousands of emails, but frankly, we need many, many more.

Whether you call, email, tweet or all of the above (which would be great), the message to the office staff of your Senators and Representative is simple:

“Hello, I’m a constituent. Please ask Representative/Senator ________ to sign the LSTA and IAL ‘Dear Appropriator’ letters circulating for signature!”

Please take five minutes to call, email, or Tweet at your Members of Congress and support library funding for 2017. For more detailed information, read our earlier post on District Dispatch.

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Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher is the deputy director of government relations at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before coming to the ALA in 2014, Kevin was the vice president of government affairs for the American Hotel and Lodging Association for 20 years.

One Comment

  1. Karen Simons Karen Simons

    Libraries are the most democratic institutions in our society. Public money must be available to enable even the neediest citizen to become informed on the issues that affect our nation, our state, our city, our community. By becoming informed, each citizen is able to make better decisions about his/her own life and how to make a better world. Free access to resources is critical. Community, state, and national support needs to be redoubled in maintaining and expanding libraries.

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