May 1-5 is Library Legislative week!
The Trump Administration recently released its proposed federal budget for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS), the independent agency that administers the bulk of federal library funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), is included in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal recommends eliminating.
To help protect these valuable programs, we are focusing on library funding at National Library Legislative Day by asking the House to fully fund LSTA and the IAL program and the Senate to sign the LSTA & IAL “Dear Appropriator” Letters and both the House and Senate to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act (including LSTA).
The good news? Nearly everyone from Massachusetts has signed! So what can you do?
** Send a thank you to your senators for protecting this important funding!
You can draft your own email, or use the ALA’s form and adjust the text from “Please Support” to “Thank You for Supporting!” http://bit.ly/2oXe7f1
** Donate a book to your local library about a cause that matters to you (diversity, etc)
**Get a library card for you or the whole family!
** Educate yourself about the amazing programs at your local library! Many offer children’s programs, rooms to rent, special days providing free services like “ask a lawyer” and promotion of the arts!
** If you have kids, plan a library day. There is nothing like getting to read to your child uninterrupted!
Below please check out these book lists for children and adults alike on diversity and acceptance and activism!
– Scholastic Life Experiences/Diversity Books: http://bit.ly/1ANdnVX
– NPR Books About the Civil Rights Movement: http://n.pr/2pwjSPl
– Bustle’s List of Books to Inspire Activism: http://bit.ly/2qEcSh5
– The Verge: Trump’s proposed budget will eliminate funding to museums, libraries, and artists http://bit.ly/2oWUB1U
– attn: Ivanka Trump’s Tweet About Libraries Somehow Managed to Stir Backlash – http://bit.ly/2pEDsqZ