News and Updates
This year, EveryLibrary teamed up with Crossroads Campaigns to spread our advocacy mission through canvassing actions in Washington, DC and New York, NY. Each canvassing action occurred over the course of a weekend and spread our message of library advocacy in our nation's capitol and at events like New York Comic Con.
Erinn Batykefer, one of our 2019 Artist in Residence Producers, sat down with playwright Bandon Monokian for a conversation about what inspired and focused his residency developing amethyst., an original one-act play about the end of the world and the library that was built by the survivors. amethyst. received its world premiere at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and its library premier at the Princeton Public Library in September 2019. Brandon and his production company Love Drunk Life have made an “in progress” version of amethyst. available for download.
We’re excited to announce our newest interns to help us support libraries across the country. These interns come from a wide range of backgrounds, academic programs, and specialties.
VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia is the founder/owner of Soul Revival Healing Arts. As an EveryLibrary 2019 Artist in Residence, her residency will feature a series of large canvasses called “Community on a Shelf” that explore themes of healing and reconciliation for communities and individuals through libraries. She is an artist, author, advocate & facilitator. Known affectionately as ‘Verse’, her experience is a melting pot of intuitive healing, painting, writing poetry, public speaking, and helping others see creativity as a catalyst for ‘digging in’ to rediscover their own innate gifts. Her work will be on display at the Oak Park (IL) Public Library beginning Saturday, October 19th.
EveryLibrary is proud to join a coalition of national, state, and local partner organizations to urge Congress to pass the “Summer Meals and Learning Act of 2019” (H.R. 3667 / S. 2070).
Rachal Duggan is an illustrator who is all about storytelling and connection making. I first experienced Rachal’s work when she was an Artist in Residence with the Bubbler at Madison Public Library, and have enjoyed working with her and following her numerous illustration projects since. Here, we dive into Rachal’s relationship to libraries and her “Library Facts” series for her EveryLibrary residency. Enjoy! ~Laura Damon-Moore
EveryLibrary was proud to launch and host The Political Librarian through Volume 4, Issue 1 (2018). With the 2019 issue, responsibility for and management of The Political Librarian has moved to our companion organization the EveryLibrary Institute.
Whether your 2019-2020 school year started in August or it's just getting underway now that Labor Day is behind us, we need your help to focus on the future of school library funding.
Throughout the last month your donations have helped us provide pro-bono support to the Friends of the Mary Vinson Memorial Library in their efforts to advocate for continued funding for their library.
Being active nationally and engaged locally for libraries is the core of our work. If you believe like we do that any library ballot measure anywhere matters, please take the next step and donate to support our work today. Spokane County and Pend Oreille County are our 103rd and 104th campaigns. Since 2012 we have helped libraries secure over $1.8 billion in stable tax funding for their operations, collections, programs, services, and buildings. Can you help us help the next few libraries on the ballot by donating today