[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [ALA-WO:112] Support Federal Funding for Libraries]
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From: "ALAWASH E-MAIL" <ALAWASH at alawash.org>
Date: 2005/03/28 Mon PM 01:42:24 PST
To: ALA Washington Office Newsline <ala-wo at ala.org>
Subject: [ALA-WO:112] Support Federal Funding for Libraries
ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline
Volume 14, Number 31
March 28, 2005
In This Issue:
CONTACT YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR AMERICA'S LIBRARIES
ACTION NEEDED: Contact your Member of Congress in the House of Representatives and ask them to please sign the Rep. Grijalva-Rep. Simmons letter in the House that asks for increased funding for federal library programs. Please do not contact Rep. Grijalva, or Rep. Simmons. Instead, ask your Representative's staff to contact Rep. Grijalva or Rep. Simmons staff to add their Member's signature.
In the House of Representatives, Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Representative Robert Simmons (R-CT) are circulating a letter to their colleagues in support of increased funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program.
The letter is addressed to the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation Subcommittees and respectfully requests that the House include President Bush's request of $221.33 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and $100 million for the Improving Literary Through School Libraries program for FY 2006.
The LSTA and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program provide critical funding for libraries of all kinds nationwide. Only by including $221.33 million for the LSTA and $100 million for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill will we ensure that library patrons of all ages have sufficient access to library and information services, support recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians, and provide libraries the resources they need to improve literacy skills and academic achievement.
ALA strongly encourages its membership to immediately contact their representative in the House of Representatives and urge them to sign on to the Grijalva-Simmons letter in support of federal library programs. Funding is extremely tight this year and competition is very strong among the many groups seeking federal funding for the upcoming year. With an April 1st deadline for signatures, it is critical that ALA members contact Congress in a timely manner and let them know the importance of federal library programs.
A similar letter will be circulated in the U.S. Senate in the near future.
Visit ALA's website for more information on these letters at:
Use ALA's Washington Office Legislative Action Center at <http://capwiz.com/ala/home> to identify and fax your Members of Congress in both the House and the Senate.
You can also call your Member of Congress directly using the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: (202) 225-3121.
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