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Encouraging library patrons to participate in democracy through being poll workers

This is a guest post provided by Nayeli Pelayo, Outreach Manager for the Fair Elections Center. On Election Day, it’s too late to change unfair and burdensome voting rules. But we can work together to ensure the rules are clearly explained and accurately applied. Fair Elections Center is encouraging libraries…

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Successful voter outreach: Five ways to get your patrons ready for Election Day

This post was written by guest author Maggie Bush, the Programs and Outreach Director for the League of Women Voters of the United States. This post was originally posted on American Libraries. Libraries offer a prime opportunity for voters to gain access to critical information they need to cast a…

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Attending National Library Legislative Day

This post was written by Yolanda Peña Mendrek, winner of the 2018 White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) Award. Where do I begin? A great many thanks to American Library Association for organizing National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), a grassroots event held in Washington, D.C. Attending…

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Not at #NLLD18? You can still take action!

Today we are kicking off National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C., and we are inviting you to help us spread the word about the importance of libraries in your own community. Today, take a few minutes to call or email your senators and representatives – just use the talking points and…

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2018 WHCLIST award winner announced

This week, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office announced that Yolanda Peña-Mendrek of Oakley, California is the winner of the 2018 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIST) Award. Given to a non-librarian participant attending National Library Legislative Day, the award covers hotel fees and includes a…

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