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CLA Year-Round Advocacy Calendar
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CLA Year-Round Advocacy Calendar              

Develop an action plan for advocacy.

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Fourth Quarter: Laying the groundwork

  • Make an appointment to meet with any newly elected officials who won’t take office until January. Now is the time to educate them on the power of libraries. Be sure to take along an Adult Literacy student or someone else whose life has been changed by the library. Not sure how to schedule or conduct the meeting? The Guide to Meeting with your Elected Official contains useful tips. 
  • Check your library’s newsletter distribution list and make sure all of your elected officials are on it. And get on their newsletter distribution list by going to their website to sign up for updates. You can track their town hall meetings, open houses and barbecues. Put these on your calendar and attend along with other community supporters. 
  • Get creative! Perhaps send a holiday card and tie it to a library service (“If you bought your loved one an eReader for the holidays, remember the library has eBooks!”) 

First Quarter: Day in the District

  • Watch for CLA alerts asking you to write letters to key legislators in support of critical legislation and funding for libraries. Ask your supporters, friends and family members to write letters too! Please remember that fax or U.S. mail has much more impact than email correspondence. 
  • Invite your legislators to visit your most lively storytime, because March 2nd is NEA’s “ReadAcross America” day! “Read Across America” is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. 

Second Quarter:  

  • Keep an eye out for more CLA alerts asking you and your supporters to write letters to key legislators in support of critical legislation and funding for libraries.  
  • Create a list of potential library supporters in your community. Here are some ideas to get you started.
  • Celebrate National Library Week. Encourage community members to tell their stories of how libraries have changed their lives. Did a library help someone you know learn how to read? Get a job? Improve his or her job skills? Use this Library Impact Stories template to capture these stories or design your own. Then use the stories to engage the potential library supporters you have already identified.

Third Quarter:

  • Legislators are back in their districts for summer break. Visit them and invite them to a Summer Reading Program event. Share your Library Impact Stories. Also, look for ways to add value AND get them into your library at the same time. Can you offer them meeting room space for any public meetings they are holding? 
  • Are your legislators hosting a community event while they are in town? Attend and encourage your community supporters to attend as well.