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Advocacy Alert:#FundLibraries 2020 Campaign

The push for support in the House is coming to an end. Now, ALA advocates are turning the attention to the Senate.

We are asking senators to preserve more than $210 million in federal funding for libraries.Now is the time to let yours know how important libraries are to their constituents and the entire state.Email your senators today and ask them to oppose cuts to federal funding for libraries.

Many senators will only sign a Dear Appropriator letter if their constituents ask them. UseALA's Action Center to send an emailand urge them to sign on to the LSTA and IAL letters. The more signatures we have, the better our chances will be to protect federal funding for libraries across the country.

Want to see if your senators have signed already? CheckALA's appropriations letter tracker. Need more info? Read thelatest advocacy news inAmerican Librariesonline.

The Senate deadline is April 5.Send your emails now!

PS: If you have time, please spread the word and share the following message on Twitter and Facebook -My state depends on our libraries and our libraries depend on federal funding! Please ask your Senator to #FundLibraries by signing the LSTA and IAL Dear Appropriator letters for FY 2020.




Presented by the Advocacy & Legislative Committee to further the mission of California libraries 



The Committee works with the CLA Executive Board, CLA lobbyists and association members to make a difference for California libraries and the communities they serve.


These broadly-outlined priorities focus on California legislative and policy activities that support California libraries at the state level; they may also be used for local and national advocacy.


Infrastructure Needs:

  • Seek a measure supporting the infrastructure needs of California’s public library facilities to benefit Californians in communities throughout the state (building upon the efforts in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 sessions with SCA-3); work with the Legislature, the Governor’s office and other partners to secure a place on the election ballot and a plan for approval. 

Broadband Equity and Net Neutrality:

  • Work with the California State Library (CSL) and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) to support implementation of Phases 3 and 4, which expand important broadband access to libraries throughout the state, and advocate for funding for assessment of Phases 1 and 2; advocate for net neutrality, the Federal E-Rate program and the California Teleconnect Fund.

After-School and Summer Programs:

  • Seek funding to support California’s youth through library after-school and summer programming, such as Lunch at the Library. 

Libraries as Centers:

  • Seek funding for libraries to serve as centers for early education, literacy, career support, services for vulnerable populations and other educational programs that benefit a wide range of community members. 


California State Library:

  • Advocate for funding for the California State Library and its staff, initiatives and programs that critically support the vitality of all libraries throughout the state in meeting the library needs of their jurisdictions.

Census 2020:

  • Secure adequate funding for libraries to assist with the collection and submission of Census information; work with other library groups (e.g. ALA) to promote libraries as critical partners for a complete count at the local and regional level. 

 Legislation Monitoring:

  • Continue to monitor all legislation that may have a bearing on libraries in California, and continue to work with other library-related groups and stakeholders on promoting libraries and beneficial legislation. 


           Adopted by the CLA Advocacy & Legislative Committee and the CLA Executive Board, November 2018