School Library Month 2016

Three Simple Ways You Can Advocate for School Librarians

1. Send a letter or email to your state reps - We already wrote it for you!

Help us again this year with a General Assembly letter campaign. Click this link to find a letter that you can address to your senator and representative, print, and mail to help promote School Library Month. Or save yourself the cost of a stamp and email the letter! There is no better time to raise awareness and make a plea for support.

It is important now more than ever that we contact our government officials to advise them not only of what we do, but to give them a full view of the current state of school libraries.

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2. Promote School Library Month via Your Social Media

AASL has created web graphics that anyone can use on their Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and web sites. Download them here in several sizes and shapes.

If you follow AASL on Facebook, you'll be able to see great quotes from authors, librarians, and other library ambassadors that you can share with your followers as well.

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3. Sign the EveryLibrary petition

All you need to do is click this link and fill in your contact information sign a petition to encourage Local Education Agencies to reinstate and fund school libraries with school librarians. The petition states:

"It is of the utmost urgency that we, the undersigned, implore you to fully fund school libraries and librarians as defined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). We are asking that you take immediate steps to recognize that school libraries and librarians are essential to education and understand and enact the following provisions for school libraries and librarians as signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10th, 2015."