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Get ready for National Library Legislative Day 2018

Hello, Friends!

It’s time once again to make plans for National Library Legislative Day (NLDD). This year’s two-day event will be held on May 7th and 8th in Washington, DC. For those unfamiliar, NLLD brings together librarians, trustees, and other library supporters to advocate for library funding and support for library issues. Attendees attend a day-long advocacy training and briefing on the legislative issues, then put their skills to work the following day on Capitol Hill. Registration for the in-person event has closed; however, you can still participate virtually from your home or office. Register to participate at home and you’ll receive all the information and tips to get in on the action.

This year, the Advocacy and Legislation Committee is asking librarians and other library supporters to participate virtually by creating your own Libraries Transform ‘Because statement’ and sharing your statement and a photo on social media to extend the reach of your library advocacy.

You’re probably already familiar with the Because statements. Now is your chance to customize your own statement to bring attention to the benefits of the library in your city, town, and state. We especially encourage you to create statements that go beyond books. Legislators need to hear about the important things libraries do aside from lending books.

  • What services and programming are available at your library to help patrons? Do you provide early learning programs that help prepare children for Kindergarten?
  • Does your library lend unusual items such as tools, artwork, or sewing machines?
  • Is your makerspace supporting users’ interest in STEM and providing youth access to materials and tools they cannot access otherwise?

Think of your Because statement as a fill in the blank exercise: My library is special “Because we offer bilingual children’s programming for X number of immigrant families of the community.” Other suggestions for creating your statement are available on Libraries Transform.

To participate on a personal level, simply create an account on the Libraries Transform website. Once logged in, download, print, and create your Because statement using the editable templates in the Toolkit.

For library staff, create an account, download and print templates, and provide a few markers for your users to write their Because statements. Snap a picture and post to your social media channels tagging your legislator along with the hashtags #NLLD18 and #FundLibraries. Most legislators are on social media these days; you can find their social media handles on their websites, here for Representatives and here for Senators.

We’ll keep an eye out on social media for your posts and photos of your Because statement.

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Africa Hands (@africahands) and Kendra Jones (@klmpeace) co-chair the Advocacy and Legislation Committee.

 

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