Advocacy Alert: Time is running out
The deadline for the House "Dear Appropriator" letters is looming. April 3rd is our last chance to get as many Representatives to sign the letters as possible in order to protect federal library funding. Our ask is simple "please support federal library funding and sign both the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) "Dear Appropriator" letters.
The first "Dear Appropriator" letter asks the Committee to fully fund LSTA in FY 2018 and the second does the same for IAL. When large numbers of Members of Congress sign these letters, it sends a strong signal to the House Appropriations Committee to reject requests to eliminate IMLS, and to continue funding for LSTA and IAL at least at current levels.
Between LSTA and IAL, at least $210 million in federal library funding is at risk.
To see if your Representative has signed the letters, check our handy database. If they haven't signed, please give them a call!
ALA's Legislative Action Center gives you everything you need to identify your Member of Congress and to tell him or her to sign the LSTA and IAL "Dear Appropriator" letters being circulated to protect both of these critical programs in the FY 2018 federal budget.
Not sure what LSTA and IAL are all about? Visit District Dispatch for more background information.