News and Updates
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EveryLibrary welcomes and supports many of the proposals for economic relief, support for education and government, and the health and wellbeing of our communities in the American Rescue Plan announced today by the incoming Biden Administration.
EveryLibrary continued to make headlines in 2020 as an effective library advocacy organization with features and stories about our work supporting libraries alongs with interviews, quotes, and articles from our leadership team. We're proud to be featured in library trade publications and in the popular press. (Start with stories from January to June 2020 here.)
EveryLibrary Calls on State and Local Health Officials to Prioritize Librarians and Library Workers in Vaccination Plans
Librarians and library workers in public libraries and academic libraries are essential and should be included in state and local Phase 1b or Phase 1c vaccine distribution plans to protect staff and minimize risk to patrons and users. School librarians are included in plans for the education community and should continue to be prioritized.
We are excited to announce these opportunities for library staff and supporters to learn how to build community support and the political will for funding libraries.
The fate of public libraries, school libraries, and college and university libraries is inextricably tied to the financial stability of state and municipal funding. The revenue forecasts are grave for towns, cities, counties, school districts, and states, but there is a chance to blunt the worst effects for libraries and the communities and campuses they serve - but only if we understand how funding really works.
The COVID-19 public health emergency has had major financial impacts across the country, including our schools and school libraries.
It is crucial that we support our local school librarians with the funds they need so they can focus on what they do best – teaching our nation’s children and helping them flourish into thoughtful, independent adults.
That's why we're asking you to sign the petition to support H.R. 8691
What if every member of Congress read the same book?
What if that book was about libraries?
Let’s teach our political leaders how important libraries are to people like you by sending the book, “Inspiring Library Stories,” to every member of Congress. Every $20 we raise sends one book to one person in Congress.
EveryLibrary, the national political action committee for libraries, is releasing preliminary results from 37 local ballot measures and referendums for public libraries across the country. While all results are uncertified as of today, EveryLibrary is happy to report that 28 measures for libraries were approved by voters in 17 states. As of now, 3 library measures failed and 6 additional questions are too soon to call. This includes at least $728 million in bonds for new construction and renovation of library buildings and hundreds of millions of dollars in operating levies for collections, programs, and staffing.
Did you know that you can buy masks that help protect your community and also help support libraries across the United States?
Right now we are offering two different masks and two ways to help us support libraries so just take your pick!