Take Action for Libraries Day 2019 is Thursday, April 11, during National Library Week.
"The majority of federal library funds are distributed through the Institute of Museum and Library Services to each state through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant program from the U.S. Department of Education supports school libraries working to foster reading skills at the most critical early years of a child's development. LSTA and IAL provide critical assistance, giving libraries across the country the financial support they need to serve their communities.
With $189.3 million in LSTA funds, more than 120,000 public, academic, government, and special libraries are able to advance entrepreneurship, employment, and education in communities across the country. LSTA prepares students for today’s job market by providing coding and STEM activities. LSTA funds business development assistance programs for entrepreneurs, provided by skilled business and technology outreach librarians.
To cut funding for libraries means to undercut opportunities provided to all Americans. ALA advocates energetically to urge Congress to continue to make full funding for our nation’s libraries a priority."
Visit ALA's Fund Libraries Campaign page to see if your Representative and/or Senator have signed on in support of libraries for the 2020 fiscal year.
Image and Text: American Library Association, 2019. http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/take-action-for-libraries-day