For immediate release | April 25, 2017

Take action for libraries during Virtual Library Legislative Day

For National Library Legislative Day, May 1-2, 2017, hundreds of library supporters will convene in Washington D.C., where they meet with their members of Congress to rally support for library issues and policies.

If you can’t make it to D.C., you can still advocate for libraries by emailing, calling, or Tweeting your representatives as part of Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD) from May 1-5. Register now at to receive an email on May 1 reminding you to take action, along with a link to the livestream from National Library Legislative Day, so you can hear the keynote speaker and the issue briefings live.

The keynote speaker will be Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project. Issue briefings will be provided by the staff of the ALA Washington Office.

This year, join us in asking Congress to do the following:

House: Save IMLS; Fully Fund LSTA & IAL

Senate: Sign LSTA & IAL “Dear Appropriator” Letters

House/Senate Reauthorize MLSA (incl. LSTA)

Talking points and background information will be available May 1 at Use the event tag #NLLD17 to join in the conversation.

Looking for other ways to participate? Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr users can sign up to participate in the Thunderclap.

United for Libraries, the ALA Washington Office, ALA’s Chapter Relations Office, and ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy lead Virtual Library Legislative Day, an opportunity for all library advocates to make their voices heard on a national level. Talking points, links, and more resources are available at

National Library Legislative Day began in 1976. In 2003, Friends of Libraries U.S.A. began a virtual component to engage Friends of the Library groups, library advocates and supporters around the country who could not travel to Washington, D.C. for the main event. The virtual campaign, now coordinated by United for Libraries, continues to support the efforts of those who attend this important day in Washington, D.C. and meet with their elected officials in person.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.


Jillian Wentworth

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries