Tweet a 'Because statement' at your U.S. Senator

In his initial FY 2018 budget, the President has proposed eliminating all federal library funding and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Together, library advocates worked hard to get House Representatives to sign our "Dear Appropriator" letters endorsing federal funding for libraries. Now, it’s time garner support in the U.S. Senate. Our goal is to put a majority of all 100 Senators on record in support of federal library funding!

Please Tweet your favorite "Because statement" at your Senator or post a "Because statement" to Facebook and tag them. There's no time to lose. We have until just May 19 to convince them to add their names to both the LSTA and IAL "Dear Appropriator" letters.

1. Find your Senator on social media.

Sceenshot: Find your elected officialsVisit our Legislative Action Center and enter your zip code in the “Find your elected officials” box on the right side of the page. Click on your U.S. Senators to find their Twitter and Facebook handles. There's no need to register.

2. Download your favorite Because statement. Click on one of the images below to enlarge then right click to save to your computer.

3. Share. Use this message or create your own:

Libraries are a valuable part of my community, [Insert your Senator's Twitter or Facebook handle]! Please sign the LSTA/IAL Dear Appropriator letters and #SaveIMLS

Do you have family and friends who support libraries?
Ask them to visit Fight for Libraries! to call or email their Senators.

Fight for Libraries! Tell Congress to save library funding. #saveIMLS

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