Last Wednesday I joined librarians from around the state at the state capital for a reception sponsored by the Iowa Library Association. I spoke to senators and state representatives about the importance of libraries in not only our state but our nation. State and federal funding for libraries are being drastically cut and I felt it was important to tell our story to the decision makers of our state. Pictured here is Representative Scott Ourth as well as other local librarians and library trustees. Unfortunately in today’s political climate libraries are not on the mind of the policy makers. If we feel strongly about our libraries we must remind our City Council as well as State and Federal Legislatures that libraries are an important part of our cities and societies.