Take Action for Libraries Day

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

Take Action for Libraries Day, April 13, 2017, Celebrate NAtional Library Week

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

Together, the ALA community of members and advocates worked hard to get House Representatives to sign our "Dear Appropriator" letters endorsing federal funding for libraries. Soon, we will push again and ask our Senators to sign "Dear Appropriator" letters prior to the meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

This week, however, Congress is in recess. Members are in their home states meeting with constituents. Now is the perfect opportunity to send a colorful, positive message in support of libraries. Please Tweet your favorite "Because statement" at your Senator or post a "Because statement" to Facebook and tag them.

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:

Please support federal funding for libraries, [Insert your Senator's Twitter or Facebook handle]. #saveIMLS #NationalLibraryWeek #LibrariesTransform

Want to do more?
Visit the Fight for Libraries! page and sign up to receive alerts about future actions.

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

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Social media graphic: Because blue state or red state, everyone benefits from an enlightened state, Libraries Transform.

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Social media graphic: Because librarians inspire understanding and community healing, Libraries Transform.

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Social media graphic: Because access equals opportunity, Libraries Transform.

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Social media graphic: Because learning to read comes before reading to learn, Libraries Transform.