Use IMLS Impact Statements by State

In late March and early April 2017, ALSC collected statements from Everyday Advocates about the impact of IMLS funding on the children and families they serve. This effort provided ALSC leaders with the information they need to advocate nationally for libraries and the work you do every day.

Of course we're not going to keep these great resources to ourselves!

The following list includes the IMLS impact statements ALSC received from 25 states written as Libraries Transform™ "Because..." statements.

These statements make great tweets and social media sound bytes, so please take the lead and use them in your advocacy efforts to #SaveIMLS! Simply "right-click" on the images to save and share on your social media channels. Be sure to include the hashtag #SaveIMLS to your posts and tweets.

Alabama

Because 12,000 children depend on us to maintain their reading skills over the summer. #saveIMLS
Mobile Public Library

Because 12,000 Children depend on us to maintain their reading skills over the summer

Alaska

Because early literacy can change lives. #saveIMLS
Anchorage Public Library

Because early literacy can change lives

Because infant and toddler literaure collections are a rare treasure. #saveIMLS 
Anchorage Public Library

Because infant and toddler literature collections are a rare treasure

California

Because cultural institutions should be made affordable. #saveIMLS
Berkeley Public Library

Because cultural institutions should be made affordable
Because bridges can be built with museums and libraries. #saveIMLS
Berkeley Public Library

Because libraries help fight hunger. #saveIMLS #saveGrowingReaders
Oakland Public Library

Because libraries help fight hunger

Because 19% of families rely on the library for lunch. #saveIMLS
California Library Association 

Because 19% of families rely on the library for lunch

Colorado

Because caregivers are literacy teachers. #saveIMLS
Colorado State Library

Because caregivers are literacy teachers

Because literature encourages the cognitive development of young children. #saveIMLS
Colorado State Library 

Because literature encourages the cognitive development of young children

Connecticut

Because common ground can start with multilingual books. #saveIMLS
Stratford Library

Delaware

Because 300 students have books who wouldn’t otherwise. #saveIMLS
Bear Public Library

Because 300 students have books that would not otherwise

Because families feel safe at libraries. #saveIMLS
Bear Public Library

Because families feel safe at libraries

Georgia 

Because professional development means the use of research-based practices. #saveIMLS
Columbia County Library 

Because professional development means the use of research-based practices

Illinois

Because STEM flourishes with community collaboration. #saveIMLS
Algonquin Area Public Library

Because STEM flourishes with community collaboration

Because libraries have the only public computer in a town. #saveIMLS
Joliet Public Library

Because libraries have the only public computer in town

Indiana

Because 20.8% of children living in poverty felt safe in a library. #saveIMLS
Allen County Public Library

Because 20.8% of children living in poverty felt safe in the library

Because manipulatives teach content in a new way. #saveIMLS
Allen County Public Library

Because manipulatives teach content in a new way

Kansas

Because libraries are welcoming spaces for individuals with disabilities. #saveIMLS
North Central Kansas Libraries System

Because libraries are welcoming spaces for individuals with disabilities
Because technology exposure is career readiness. #saveIMLS
North Central Kansas Libraries System

Because technology exposure is career readiness

Because 60% of Kansas Libraries committed to six years of early literacy. #saveIMLS
Lawrence Public Library 

Because 60% of Kansas libraries committed to six years of early literacy

Louisiana

Because libraries are supporting community members and citizens. #saveIMLS
St. Edward the Confessor Elementary School

Because libraries are supporting community members and citizens

Massachusetts

Because libraries foster curiosity to promote lifelong learning. #saveIMLS
Nahant Public Library

Because libraries foster curiosity to promote lifelong learning

Because children are engineers, electricians, and innovators at libraries. #saveIMLS
Needham Free Public Library

Because children are engineers, electricians, and innovators at libraries

Because 10,000 teens have a safe space to go to after school. #saveIMLS
Lynn Public Library

Because 10,000 teens have a safe space to go after school

Because teens + technology = future careers. #saveIMLS
Lynn Public Library 

Because libraries provide family exploration nights. #saveIMLS
Middleborough Public Library

Because libraries provide family exploration nights

Because schools and libraries can bridge the gap. #saveIMLS
Middleborough Public Library

Because schools and libraries can bridge the gap

Because libraries serve international communities. #saveIMLS
Ipswich Public Library

Because libraries serve international communities
Because libraries are part of family rituals. #saveIMLS
Ipswich Public Library

Because libraries are part of family rituals

Because 100 families now know about early literacy. #saveIMLS
Amesbury Public Library
 

Because 100 families now know about early literacy

Because technology shouldn’t be based on socioeconomic status. #saveIMLS
Amesbury Public Library

Because libraries are the anti-drug. #saveIMLS
Eldredge Public Library

Because libraries are the anti-drug

Because libraries are open year-round. #saveIMLS
Manchester by the Sea Public Library

Because libraries are open year round

Maryland

Because librarians connect for the sake of their communities. #saveIMLS
Mother Goose on the Loose LLC

Because librarians connect for the sake of their communities
Because Mother Goose on the Loose went national. #saveIMLS
Mother Goose on the Loose LLC 

Because Mother Goose on the Loose went national

Minnesota

Because librarians are mentors. #saveIMLS
St. Catherine University

Because librarians are mentors

Missouri

Because libraries connect patrons to the world. #saveIMLS
Montgomery City Public Library

Because today's reader is tomorrow's leader. #saveIMLS
West Plains Public Library

Because today's reader is tomorrow's leader

Because 10,000 hours of reading is just the beginning. #saveIMLS
Hannibal Free Public Library

Nevada

Because 400 visitors per month is just one library. #saveIMLS
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Because 400 visitors per month is just one library

Because libraries are the perfect place to hide from the apocalypse. #saveIMLS
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

New Hampshire

Because everyone has a place at the library. #saveIMLS
Goodwin Library

Because everyone has a place at the library

New York

Because 2,225 community members have a say. #saveIMLS
David A Howe Public Library

Because 2,225 community members have a say

Ohio

Because libraries are the gateways to professional careers. #saveIMLS
Dayton Metro Library

Because libraries are the gateway to professional careers

Because robots love to read. #saveIMLS
St. Paris Public Library 

Because robots love to read
Because flappy bird could have friends as kids learn coding. #saveIMLS
St. Paris Public Library 

Because Flappy Bird could have friends as kids learn coding

Oregon

Because it's not a bird, it's not a plane. It's the bookmobile! #saveIMLS
Deschutes Public Library 

Because it's not a bird, it's not a plane, it's a bookmobile!

South Carolina

Porque las bibliotecas rompen los paredes (Because libraries break walls). #saveIMLS
Oconee County Public Library

Because las bibliotecas rompen los paredes. (Because libraries break walls).
Because a library is the fountain of youth. #saveIMLS
Oconee County Public Library

Because a library is the fountain of youth

Because libraries make knowledge accessible. #saveIMLS
South Carolina State Library

Because libraries make knowledge accessible

Tennessee

Because libraries support one another. #saveIMLS
Williamson County Public Library

Because libraries support one another

Because libraries start the job search. #saveIMLS
Mildred G. Fields Memorial Library

Because libraries start the job search
Because teachers and librarians are partners. #saveIMLS
Mildred G. Fields Memorial Library

Because teachers and librarians are partners

Because libraries promote jobs for local members at new businesses. #saveIMLS
Jefferson City Public Library

Because libraries promote jobs for local members at new businesses

Texas

Because children can see librarians who look like them. #saveIMLS
Texas Woman's University retiree 

Because children can see librarians who look like them

Virginia

Because summer means getting a book tan. #saveIMLS
Richmond Public Library 

Because summer means getting a book tan

Because caregivers and children grow together. #saveIMLS

Because caregivers and children grow together

Wisconsin

Because librarians help parents create family media plans. #saveIMLS
Indianhead Federated Library System

Because librarians help parent create family media plans

Because storytimes model positive family engagement. #saveIMLS
Chippewa Falls Public Library

Because storytimes model positive family engagement

Because early literacy is a community effort. #saveIMLS
Mineral Point Public Library

Because early literacy is a community effort