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Virtual Action Day • February 12, 2015

Virtual Campaign: Making the Case for Libraries

Mark the date: February 12, 2015.

Plan activities that you and your library supporters can undertake to promote statewide funding for library programming.

From social media campaigns to group letter-writing projects, target February 12 as a day to blitz your elected officials’ offices with letters, emails, calls, tweets, etc. with news and requests from constituents for support of library funding.


 

Participating in Virtual Action Day: Take the time to call your state senator and representative. Tell them about the incredible services your library provides.

Make a commitment to get people writing and communicating about critical statewide issues. Organize a letter-writing campaign, tweet-up, and other virtual campaigns and activites to get people talking about libraries.

Recruit friends groups, students, faculty, and supporters to join the effort. It is particularly important to have administrators, city or county officials, and parents contact elected officials on behalf of libraries and library users.

Here are just a few statistics on Texas voter support for libraries (from the TLA 2008 report; see the full survey findings).

  • Texas voters agree public libraries are a good value for the tax dollar (94%, including 70% who strongly agree) and deserve more funding (87%, including 62% who strongly agree).
  • Strong majorities support increasing public funding for both public (81%) and school (82%) libraries. In fact, at least seven in ten voters across every demographic, geographic and political segment support increased funding for both public and school libraries.
  • Nearly all Texans (99% including 84% who strongly agree) believe school libraries are an essential part of the education experience and more than nine in 10 agree (94%) that school librarians are critical to student achievement.

For more information, email gloriam@txla.org.

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Created on Mar 21, 2010 | Last updated September 02, 2014