Friday, March 31, 2017
The following is an urgent letter from the American Library Association asking you to take action to support the Library Services and Technology Act. This key piece of legislation makes millions of dollars in grants available to libraries. You already signed and shared the petition for IMLS but now we are asking you to take action to support this important piece of legislation.
ALA is reaching out to you for a last minute plea to get more signatures from key legislators on the House “Dear Appropriator” letter supporting LSTA. With just two business days left after today to get House Members’ commitments to sign it, ALA is 24 signers short of last year’s LSTA letter supporters total and this year they fear that they will need to double that total to be effective!
Please click here to send the email to support LSTA
According to ALA’s real-time online tracking tool, many legislators have not signed on. With the window for signatures closing as early as Monday April 3, ALA needs you to reach out again TODAY to legislators who have not yet signed the LSTA Dear Appropriator letter and ask that them to contact staff to Rep. Raul Grijalva (David.Gellman@mail.house.gov) to add their name to the letter NOW.
Members of the House have only until April 3 to let our champions know that they will sign the separate LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters now circulating, so there’s no time to lose. Use this link today to ask your Member of Congress to sign both the LSTA and IAL letters. Many Members of Congress will only sign such a letter if their constituents ask them to. So it is up to you to help save LSTA and IAL from elimination or significant cuts that could dramatically affect hundreds of libraries and millions of Americans.
We’re almost out of time and failure in this effort may well mean deep cuts in, or even the elimination of, this important funding in 2018. We cannot and must not fail.
Thanks for again for pushing every way you can and doing it now!Patrick Sweeney