UPDATE! Senator Richard Burr has now signed on. Thank you, Senator Burr!
It’s that time of year where we go crazy for green. Green clothes, green shakes, green beer. Heck some people even dye their rivers green. So here is my request to see some green. Now this isn’t some silly St Patrick’s Day clickbait post. This is serious business.
I want to see some money.
As of Friday March 11, not one single solitary member of our great state’s national legislative contingent of 15 people has sent their letters of support for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) funds. It’s almost as though they think North Carolinians don’t want technology in our libraries or literacy programs in our schools. Members of the Senate have until Thursday March 17 to get their letters in, while the House has until Thursday March 24. So they still have time to do the right thing.
But as we all know, politicians often need a push in the right direction. Especially in a Presidential Election year when so many are up for re-election. That’s where we (and you) come in. We want to flood our legislators with calls asking them to support LSTA and IAL funding.
“But, Serenity,” I hear you ask “what does LSTA do for me?”
Excellent question! Do you use computers or internet at the library or at your school? You can thank LSTA for that! Does your library happen to have shiny new tablets for kids? That’s quite probably LSTA, too. I know it is here in Fontana. You know that online catalog you use at your public and school libraries? BAM! More LSTA funding.
Basically, just about anything that has to do with technology in your public library, that’s what LSTA helps fund. Without LSTA grants, many public libraries would not be able to provide the services our communities need. No internet to look for work, no computers to do homework on, no catalog to find the books or check them out. *shudder*
Did I answer your question? Great! Let’s get to work.
Here’s a sample script for when you call your legislators (but we know that some of us HATE to talk on the phone, so it works for email, too.) Feel free to personalize it when you call, email, show up at their office. If you do show up at their office, please send me pictures…
“Hi my name is _____ and I am from _______ (your county/city) and I would like to urge Senator or Representative ____ to sign the “Dear Appropriator” letters for LSTA (Library Services Technology Act) and IAL (Innovative Approaches to Literacy). Senator Jake Reed is the primary sponsor in the Senate and Congressman Raul Grijalva in the House if you would like more information.”
For the Fontana Regional Library readers, here are the means of contact for our Senators and local Representative.
Senator Thom Tillis: (202) 224-6342 Contact Form
Senator Richard Burr: (202) 224-3154 Contact Form
Representative Mark Meadows: (202) 225-6401 Contact Form
For the rest of the state here’s a link to all of the NC Members of Congress
Alright? Get to it. And thanks for your support!