Today, if you are an ALA member, you received an email from Kristin Murphy about how our legislative bodies are adjourning for district work periods and how they are holding town hall meetings to find out what is important to their constituents. What better time for libraries and librarians to get out there and make their cases known!
Go to these meetings, bring with you your teen groups, your parents, your volunteers.’ Have them make signs or bring pictures showing how much libraries mean to them.’ Let them talk about how much the library in their community is helping them and how the budget cuts are hurting them.’ The voices of the people in numbers are the most powerful things a legislator can hear.
If you can’t go to them, get them to come to you! Here are some program suggestions:
These are just some ideas to get your local elected officials to see what libraries are doing and how much they are needed.’ If you have some ideas, please suggest them through the comments! If we don’t start beeping our horns, we are going to keep getting cut off.’ Let your officials know you exist by getting your community involved! This district session is a wonderful opportunity to let them know that We Love Our Libraries!!!!