Help Save Federal Library Funding

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At least $210 million in federal library funding is at risk thanks to President Trump's proposal to eliminate the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) and cut $27 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) administered by the Department of Education.

Texas receives nearly $11 million of those federal funds which support TexShare/TexQuest resources, grants to local libraries, interlibrary loan, summer reading programs, technology assistance, and continuing education for library staff. The Texas State Library & Archives Commission has produced a video which demonstrates how many communities benefit from this funding.

Congress must hear from all librarians and library supporters about the importance of this funding to our libraries and communities.

Now as the appropriations process gets underway, the President's fellow budget-cutters in Congress are considering whether to follow his lead. The library community is mobilizing to fight these drastic, unwarranted cuts and we need you!

Our first step is to get as many members of Congress as possible to sign on to the so-called "Dear Appropriator" letters which ask for support for IAL and LSTA funding. The more Representatives that sign on to these letters to the powerful Appropriations committee, the more likely the committee will make LSTA and IAL a priority. These letters must be submitted by April 3.

Members of the House need to hear from their constituents before the April 3rd deadline.

Please call your Representatives and ask them to sign both the LSTA and IAL "Dear Appropriator" letters that have been circulated by Rep. Raul Grijalva (LSTA); and Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Don Young, and Jim McGovern (IAL).

Share your stories of the positive impact the these critical funds have in your library and community. Visit the TLA Library Issues and Taking Action page for more information, messaging, and more.

This is just the beginning of the long appropriations process. Your support and action at each step along the way will be essential to protecting these critical library programs.

Created on Mar 23, 2017 | Last updated March 23, 2017