You work hard all summer to provide teens with a variety of activities to help them learn and grow. But chances are, your elected officials do not know about the great work you do and what it means to teens and to the community. So, it’s up to you to show them! Elected officials need to know about the vital role libraries play in helping teens succeed in school and prepare for college, careers and life. Without this knowledge, they will not be able to make informed decisions regarding key pieces of legislation, such as the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) or the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA). District Days–the time when members of Congress are back in their home states–are the perfect chance for you to show off all the great things you do for and with teens through your library, by inviting your Congressperson to come and visit any time between Aug. 1 and Sept. 6, 2015. You could also bring your teen patrons to them at their local office. YALSA’s wiki page has everything you need to extend your invitation, plan for a visit, and be a great host! Your teens are relying on you to speak up for them, so be sure to seize this opportunity. Then, tell us how it goes by sending photos and information using the #act4teens hashtag.
Get the Word out about Your #SummerLearning Successes!