Be sure to take part in FOY’s (Friends of YALSA’s) Give $10 in ’10 campaign that will kick off at Annual in Washington, DC. All FOY funds collected during 2010 are earmarked to support YALSA’s Advocacy efforts.

On the Tuesday of Annual, library advocates from across the United States will meet on U.S. Capitol grounds as part of a rally in support of libraries, followed by meetings with elected officials and their staffs. Five YALSA librarians applied for, and received, funds (provided by FOY) to extend their conference days and attend Library Advocacy Day. In addition, FOY funds are being used to print materials in support of advocacy and to develop an online class in Advocacy Techniques.

Across this nation we’ve read and heard about huge cuts in library budgets, which makes advocating for libraries such an important goal in 2010. Though we’re all suffering in varying ways from the financial situation, the Give $10 in ’10 campaign was established to allow each of us the chance to help YALSA help libraries. And if you feel inclined to give a multiple of $10, no one will turn it down.

Directions for giving can be found on the YALSA website under Give to YALSA on the YALSA website. Or, see one of the FAC, (Financial Advancement Committee) members at Annual to give your donation. Anyone is eligible to join FOY whether or not a member of YALSA.

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