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Participate in Upcoming Virtual Library Legislative Day

April 18th, 2012 by Kara Malenfant in Advocacy, Events No Comments

From the ALA Washington Office:

Next week on April 23 and 24, hundreds of library supporters from all across the country will convene in Washington DC for National Library Legislative Day. They will be briefed on legislative issues affecting libraries and will meet with their Members of Congress to discuss them.

 Even if you can’t make it to DC, you can still advocate for libraries by calling or emailing Congress as part of Virtual Library Legislative Day.  All week long (April 23-27), library supporters can let their legislators know just how important our nation’s libraries are to the communities they serve.

 This is an especially important time to speak up for libraries as Congress continues to make cuts that impact libraries. Here’s how to participate in Virtual Library Legislative Day:

 Call Congress

 To call your Members of Congress, view this alert at the Legislative Action Center. Read over the asks and then enter your zip code into the “CALL NOW” box to find phone numbers for your legislators.

 Email Congress

 Visit the Legislative Action Center home page then:

  1. Enter your zip code into the “Find Your Officials” box
  2. Click on your senator’s or representative’s name
  3. You will see their bio page appear, click the “Contact” tab
  4. Select the option to contact your legislator via “Web Form”
  5. Select “Compose Your Own Letter”
  6. Use the talking points from the Call Alert or the Issue Briefs to craft your message and send it off!

 To find a full listing of the issue briefs written specifically for National and Virtual Library Legislative Day, visit the NLLD home page.

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