National Library Legislative Day is right around the corner on May 1 and 2. YALSA needs you to get involved! You can make a difference just by taking a few minutes of your time and participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day . It’s easy and your involvement is needed to help ensure that Congress understands the positive impact that well-stocked, professionally staffed libraries have on teens.
Participate alone or gather a group of library supporters and contact your congressional representatives by phone or fax on May 1 and/or May 2. Share YALSA’s Legislative Day Talking Points as well as your personal stories, local newspaper articles, photos, etc. that illustrate the importance of library service for teens.
Along with the talking points, YALSA also has a free Legislative Advocacy Guide with tips to help you successfully connect with your Congresspersons. For information about online social networking, use YALSA’s Social Networking Toolkit or the 30 Positive Uses of Social Networking.
All of these free resources from YALSA are available on the Library Legislative Day page on the new YALSA wiki at http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa.
The ALA Washington Office, which sponsors National Library Legislative Day, also has resources on its web site for those participating virtually. Learn more about organizing your virtual lobbying group there.
After you’ve made your case to your legislators, share your experience with YALSA. Tell us what happened by posting a message on the Legislative Day page on the YALSA wiki.
Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to ensure that the teens in your state and community have access to excellent library services and resources!
Judy Nelson, YALSA President
(posted by Beth Yoke)