Appropriations season is now underway in Washington DC. It’s crucial that you call your U.S. Representative today and ask him or her to sign two separate “Dear Colleague” letters that support funding for libraries.
One letter, found here, supports funding for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant in FY13. This grant is crucial because at least half of it would go to low-income school libraries to help update their books and materials.
The other letter, found here , supports funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) in FY13. LSTA is the primary source of funding for libraries in the federal budget.
For more information and talking points visit the Legislative Action Center. You will also be able to find your representative’s phone number simply by typing in your zip code.
Please call your representative by March 14 to ensure that they can sign on to these important letters. Make sure Congress knows how important libraries are to your community!