Tuesday May 10 was Virtual Library Legislative Day, where those who can't go to Washington DC are encouraged to participate "virtually" by emailing or calling their elected officials to voice their support for libraries. If May 10 blew by you because you're busy (which happened to me!), don't worry -- the virtual campaign lasts all week! There's still time to participate.
Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on May 10, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can still be a part of the effort by calling and/or e-mailing their elected officials on May 10 – or any time the week of May 9-13.
So the trip to Washington isn’t in your budget? No problem! By calling and/or e-mailing your elected officials in Washington and asking them to vote for libraries, you can make a difference. Just five minutes of your time will help support and strengthen the efforts of the library supporters in Washington rallying on May 10. If you cannot call or e-mail your elected official on May 10, please do so sometime between May 9-13.
Not sure who to contact? Click here to find your elected officials. If you haven't used the Legislative Action Center/Capwiz before to contact your elected officials, check out the video tutorial.
There are also talking points online. The sponsoring organizations have thought of absolutely everything you need to get the job done!