MAY 1 & 2: ADVOCATE ON NATIONAL LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY!
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? We'll provide you with scripts and talking points as NLLD nears. In the meantime, check out Neville Fights Back and our 2016 scripts for ideas for letters, calls, and social media!
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!
APRIL 7: DROP EVERYTHING AND READ TO SAVE 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 will directly impact the Regional Library Headquarters’ ability to coordinate services to Saskatchewan’s rural public library branch network. This includes the Estevan Public Library, home of our very own LUMMOS Chapter. Not only would these cuts be 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 to cease operation. That's why we need you to help save Saskatchewan's libraries!
On April 7th, Estevan Public Library Saskatchewan will host a Drop Everything and Read event, where local activists will be showing up to their representatives' offices with a book to show them libraries matter. Show your support for activists on the ground:
- Take a photo of yourself with a book - you could even be holding that book after having dropped everything else (work, your bag, a bowl of cereal, you name it).
- Post the photo on social media with the following caption: "#librariesmatter because [your personal reason goes here] #saveSKlibraries @SaskMLA" You can post these any time through the 7th, but it may be coolest to wait until the 7th to demonstrate your solidarity with local organizers. Let's get out there and support our fellow wizard activists!