For immediate release | April 24, 2012

Library advocates gathered in Washington for 38th annual National Library Legislative Day

Washington, D.C. — More than 350 librarians and library supporters from across the country converged in Washington, D.C. from April 23–24, 2012, to meet with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 38th annual National Library Legislative Day. The event focused on supporting federal funding for the national libraries.

This year, the American Library Association included a virtual advocacy component for library supporters who could not attend the Washington meetings—advocates worked remotely to connect with legislators via phone calls, emails and social media platforms.

Additionally, the Legislative Day event included the joint announcement on the partnership between public libraries and the Head Start program. The partnership encourages more collaboration between early childhood Head Start programs and libraries.

To learn more about National Library Legislative Day, go to


About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 60,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.



Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

American Library Association

Washington Office (WASH)

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