Email Your Congress Members
Email your Members of Congress!
Ask them to publicly oppose wiping out IMLS, and ask them to commit to fighting for federal library funding.
You can find talking points and an email template on the Action Center or use the sample pasted below:
As one of your constituents and a member/supporter of the American Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children, I am writing to ask that you oppose the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which the White House budget is proposing to do. Libraries help our nation’s youngest children with early learning skills so they are ready to start school. They also enable students and adults to succeed in school and prepare for college careers and life. Without libraries, our nation will not have a trained workforce or productive citizens. Libraries depend on funding from IMLS to provide the services and resources students depend on for learning, especially students from low-income families. Please take action to ensure that IMLS is not eliminated and gets the funding it needs to help our nation’s youth. [IF YOU LIKE, SHARE A BRIEF EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR LIBRARY HELPS CHILDREN AND FAMILIES]. To learn more about how public libraries support teens, check out this infographic, and to find out how school libraries support students, see this infographic. Thank you for your time.
Find contact information for your members of Congress here: http://cqrcengage.com/ala/home