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Virtual Action Day • February 12, 2013

Virtual Campaign: Making the Case for Libraries

This year, TLA is asking supporters to conduct a virtual campaign in support of libraries on February 12, 2013. Rather than hosting a traditional Legislative Day, this year we want to emphasize grassroots action.

While some library supporters may opt to come to Austin for in-person visits, the focus on Legislative Virtual Action Day will be to have statewide virtual advocacy.

It is critical this session to focus on grassroots activities and have advocates make strategic visits at home districts prior and throughout the session. So, while an actual Legislative Day will not be held in 2013, TLA will offer many opportunities for advocacy and visiting with legislators during strategic times throughout the session.


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.

If you haven’t already checked out the incredible survey results, see the full survey findings.

Here are just a statistics on Texas voter support for libraries.

  • 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.

Still want to come to Austin? If you would like to come to Austin on February 12 and would like to bring fellow supporters, please contact Gloria Meraz (gloriam@txla.org) for more information.

For more information, email gloriam@txla.org.

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Created on Mar 21, 2010 | Last updated November 09, 2012