The elections are over, which means it is time to start contacting our elected officials to let them know they need to increase library funding to meet demand! The Western New York Library Resources Council is kicking off 2019 library advocacy efforts in the region with a letter writing campaign in support of library funding!
Each year, library supporters in Western New York are asked to participate in local visits to State legislators as well as the trip to Albany for Library Advocacy Day (this year it will be Wednesday, February 27, 2019).
A library supporter writing from the hospital library at Sister’s Hospital in Buffalo!
But this year, we’ve added a new element to the “fight” for libraries – you are being asked to “write” for libraries!”
Yes, write a letter to your government representative, either local, county or state, asking them to support your library by ensuring that it receives the funding needed to serve your community!
In past years during the local home office visits state representatives often told us the handwritten letters from their constituents are sometimes greater motivators than anything else!
We are especially encouraging people to contact their State Assembly and State Senate members in support of library funding and in doing so, raise awareness across New York that our libraries are fundamental to every person! Write in support of your public, school, academic, hospital or special library – but make sure you write!
WNYLRC is making posters available to any interested library in the region promoting the letter writing campaign – just contact us to request yours! We are also offering to pay the postage for all the letters your library collects!
Join us and create a letter writing mailbox area in your library! We are asking everyone to post their mailboxes for the letters on their own social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) using the hashtag #NYSLetterWriting When you do, send us photos as well and we’ll post these to WNYLRC’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156012212968129&type=1&l=aa9e02fcb0 and Twitter: https://twitter.com/WNYLRC/status/1060200551105859585
As an incentive, we are awarding FIVE $100 gift certificates to the five mailboxes with the greatest number of “likes!” But most importantly, get your patrons to write for their libraries!! For more information on the letter writing campaign, go to: https://wnylrc.org/library-advocacy