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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Saving our Libraries: Library Advocacy Day

Our libraries are in trouble.  "In 2009, 77% of states cut funds that support local libraries." (from ALA video below)  Now you have the chance to stand up and help the libraries that are in danger.  On June 29, 2010, the grounds of the U.S. Capitol will play host to library advocates from Washington D.C. and every state in the U.S.  This rally will include photo ops, guest speakers, elected officials, and a chance for all advocates to show their support to libraries across the country.

Library Advocacy Day from ALA Washington on Vimeo.

If you are interested in attending this event, you need to get in contact with your state's designated point person.  To find out who your state's representative is, click here.  If you would like to volunteer for this event, you need to register at the LAD volunteer registration page.  To promote in your community, or register for the event, click here.

The American Library Association is holding a video contest. The first-place winner will receive $175, and the runner-up will receive $75.

Your video must:
-Illustrate the importance of libraries
-Motivate people to attend the ALA’s rally for libraries during Library Advocacy Day
-Include interesting visuals and quality sound design
-Be no more than three minutes

All submissions must be uploaded, tagged and e-mailed by 12pm EDT, May 26, 2010.

For more information, guidelines, and restrictions, visit the ALA/LAD Video Contest Page.

Amy, Abigaile, Kit, Austin, and I are hoping to attend this event!  If you're in the DC area, maybe we'll see you there!  Look for us!



  1. GREAT post BTW! Did I tell you that you looked pretty today?

  2. Thanks for the important update! My most recent post is also about libraries and I talk a little about working at one. We had big buget cuts by the state and federal govn. last year that forced many changes. We workers sounded just like those ppl in the video!

  3. @Aaronswoman....thanks....are you stalking me?

    @Chelle I liked your post! Our libraries have recently started using computers to check out, but I haven't seen ones that will actually check in books yet. So far we still have a lot of library workers/volunteers (Amy's son volunteers), but I can see how things could get out of hand quick. Pretty soon, we won't have to ever talk to anyone about anything.....

  4. No. I just couldn't sleep last night and started thinking about how you have been a good friend. They are hard to find.


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