News and Updates
At EveryLibrary, we know that over 90% of library funding comes from the will of the local voters and the will of the local politicians. That’s why we’re launching Libraries 2020 as the country’s first-ever full-scale national voter campaign for American libraries.
Last Tuesday was a great Election Day for the libraries we supported who were going to the voters this election day. Four out of four of these campaigns passed their ballot measures!
At least 50 libraries were on the ballot yesterday, Tuesday, November 5th, with levies, bonds, and other referendum to stabilize or increase their funding for collections, services, staffing, and facilities.
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.