This is the week to start planning your party-your “Contact a Congressperson Party” that is! On May 10th people all over the country will be contacting their legislative representatives via virtual means or in-person to let them know how important libraries are to teens and their communities.
You, too, can get your communities involved in this important event! YALSA provides a ton of different resources and tips on organizing such an event on the National Library Legislative Day Wiki.
Some of the tips include:
- Focusing on one communication tool for the event such as Twitter, cell phones, email, or postcards.
- Using social networking tools and fliers to announce and advertise your event.
- Collecting personal success stories and publications about your library to share with representatives.
It also links you with many possible tools and resources to help your party complete its mission such as:
- YALSA’s 2011 National Library Legislative Day List of Talking Points
- YALSA’s Legislative Advocacy Guide
- 10 Things Congressional Staff Hate to Hear
And, these are just a few of the things featured on the wiki. The time to get involved is now. YALSA is here to help you get the party started and advocate for your teens and libraries today!