MAY 1 & 2: ADVOCATE ON NATIONAL LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY!
May 2nd is Victory Day, the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts and the triumphant of love over hate. On May 1st & 2nd, 2017 celebrate by using our call/email script to fight for the the library and the internet - the places our favorite stories call home.
We’re working with the American Library Association to make sure that great stories and technology are accessible to every community. A big way we do that is by supporting National Library Legislative Day. National Library Legislative Day is May 1st & 2nd, 2017 - but you can advocate for libraries all week long with virtual actions! Through letters, emails, phone calls, and tweets, we encourage Congress to support libraries. This year, it's more important than ever to advocate for libraries because the White House's proposed budget eliminates the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which provides nearly all federal funding for libraries. This year the action you take could quite literally save your library. Not sure what to say? Use our call/email script!
You can also advocate to your Member of Congress in person by attending NLLD in Washington, D.C.! If you think you'd like to attend IRL, check out the official National Library Legislative Day site for details on schedule and registration.
Not in the U.S.? You can still help libraries in your region! Find out more about library associations, events and ideas for your region of the world in the Chapters Toolkit.
LIBRARY STAFFERS - BRING #NLLD17 TO YOUR LIBRARY!
Are you a library staff member? If you’re in the U.S., check out our National Library Legislative Day Resource for Library Staff and learn how to bring Accio Books to your library! Use these fun and easy activities to join the American Library Association, the HPA, and wizard activists across the country as we advocate for school and public libraries!
VICTORY! DROP EVERYTHING AND READ PROTEST SAVES CANADIAN LIBRARIES!
On March 22, 2017 the Provincial Government in Saskatchewan, Canada announced a 58% funding cut for the Regional Public Library system. These cuts would have directly impacted the Regional Library Headquarters’ ability to coordinate services to Saskatchewan’s rural public library branch network. This included the Estevan Public Library, home of our very own LUMMOS Chapter. Not only would these cuts have been disastrous for their regional libraries (which would be enough), but in a very real example of what happens when library funding is cut, LUMMOS would likely have had to cease operation.
On April 7th, Estevan Public Library Saskatchewan hosted a Drop Everything and Read event, where local activists showed up to their representatives' offices with a book to show them libraries matter. Wizard activists from around the world joined online to show support for activists on the ground by taking book selfies and sharing them with #librariesmatter #saveSKlibraries.
On April 24th, the Provincial Government announced that the cuts would be reversed, following a tidal wave of local, national, and international protests. Thank you and congratulations to the wizard activists who helped save LUMMOS and other amazing library programs!