Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Urgent Support Needed for Library Services and Technology Act

Ask Your Senators to Support Library and Literacy Funding

The ALA urges you to contact your senators and ask them to sign the "Dear Colleague" letter being circulated by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in support of funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program.

The deadline to sign the letter is Tuesday, May 5.

LSTA and Improving Literacy Through School Libraries are two of the most important federal programs for libraries today. Without substantial support for these programs, funds for them will most likely be cut. The letter is addressed to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation Subcommittees and requests that the Senate include $300 million for the LSTA and $100 million for the Improving Literary Through School Libraries program for FY 2010. Please contact your Senators and ask them to call Andrew Odgren with Senator Reed at 202-224-4642 or Mathew Hussey with Senator Snowe at 202-224-5344.

Learn more on the ALA website.

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