News and Updates
EveryLibrary, the non-profit organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries and advocating in support of public funding for libraries, is announcing a call for donations to aid libraries on the ballot this election cycle.
Earlier this week, library leaders from around the world gathered online to learn and collaborate on effective advocacy and funding techniques beyond standard storytelling methods participating in the Library Advocacy and Funding Virtual Conference, on September 14th-September 16th. All presenters were hand-selected from some of the largest campaigns, advocacy groups, fundraising organizations, and large corporations to deliver new ideas, strategies and tactics for rebuilding support for library funding.
It is vitally important that the Post Office be properly funded and fully supported in order for libraries to deliver literacy and reading into every corner of our country.
We are committed to building a more vibrant and robust library advocacy ecosystem here and abroad. As part of that commitment, we are sharing 25% of the proceeds from all registrations with the state library association (for US registrants) or national library association (for international registrants).
EveryLibrary is proud to support H.R. 7432, the "Don’t Block LGBTQ Act of 2020" to allow access in libraries and schools to LGBTQ health, legal, news, and civil rights information while protecting minors from harmful content.
It should be very clear to library advocates and leaders that 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 situation for towns, cities, counties, school districts, and states are grave, 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 library industry is under threat from a number of major crises simultaneously during these uncertain times, particularly the loss of financial and voter support. The COVID-19 crisis has decimated the fundamental municipal tax base that funds school and public libraries. Even libraries that were doing well before the crisis may be facing new challenges. Without community support, libraries will continue to drastically lose funding in the coming years.
EveryLibrary is in the news in 2020 in stories about the federal budget, the COVID crisis and libraries, advocacy for school library programs, and legislation affecting access to libraries, books, and reading.
We’re excited to announce a partnership with PressReader to give public libraries 2 months of complimentary access to the PressReader platform for Newspapers and Magazines.
Our colleagues at International Library Services are committed to supporting libraries and library workers by contributing 10% of the proceeds from the sales of their book sanitizing machines to help us build public support for library funding across the United States.