[Libs-Or] ACTION Fwd: Make your voice heard, even if you can't make it to DC!

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 21:55:07 PDT 2010

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From: Kristin Murphy, American Library Association <kmurphy at alawash.org>
Date: Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 11:24 AM
Subject: Make your voice heard, even if you can't make it to DC!
To: Diedre Conkling <diedre08 at gmail.com>

     [image: Take Action] [image: Take Action]     *Make your voice heard,
even if you can't make it to DC!*
In these tough economic times, Americans need their libraries more than
ever.  Sadly, libraries are often forgotten in times of crisis by everyone
but the people who need them most.  For this reason, the ALA is hosting
Library Advocacy Day on June 29, 2010, on Capitol Hill.
If you can't make this event, there are still many opportunities to get
involved.  Please show your support for libraries the week of June 28-July 2
by participating in Virtual Library Advocacy Week.  This event, which will
be held in conjunction with Library Advocacy Day, will be the biggest show
of library advocacy on the federal level in the history of the American
Library Association.  Your voice, along with over a thousand advocates
rallying on Capitol Hill on the 29th, will raise awareness about the
important work that libraries and librarians do on a daily basis to help
kids learn to read, help people find jobs, and so much more.

A simple phone call or e-mail is all it takes.  To send an e-mail, go to
click on the issue you are interested in.  The website will take you
a sample form letter.  Customize it with stories on what your local library
is doing to help people look for jobs or gain digital literacy skills as
well as other programs. These examples truly matter to your elected

In order to maximize our impact, when contacting your elected officials,
please make the following requests:

   - Fund the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at $300 million for
   FY 2011. LSTA funding is distributed to states by the Institute of Museum
   and Library Services (IMLS) through population-based grants and is the only
   source of federal funding for public libraries.
   - Fund the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program at $100
   million so that students all across the country can obtain the
21stcentury skills they will need to succeed in college and the

If you'd like to call, you can also call the Capitol switchboard at
(202)224-3121 and ask for your member of Congress.  If you aren't sure who
your member is, use the Capwiz link above to find out.  It's really that

When you're done with your call, don't forget to tweet about your
experience.  Just use this hashtag: #LAD2010.

Thanks for all you do.

Kristin Murphy
ALA Washington Office
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Diedre Conkling
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR  97365
Work phone & fax:  541-265-3066
Work email:  diedre at beachbooks.org
Home email:  diedre08 at gmail.com
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