CLA Year-Round Advocacy Calendar
action plan for advocacy. Fourth
Quarter: Laying the groundwork
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.
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.
Quarter: Day in the District
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
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.
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.
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
a list of potential library supporters in your community. Here are some ideas to get you started.
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.
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?
your legislators hosting a community event while they are in town? Attend and
encourage your community supporters to attend as well.