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Virtual National Library Legislative Day!

National Library Legislative Day informational graphic, May 2-3, 2016, Washington, DC - Register today!

National Library Legislative Day is a two-day advocacy event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress to rally support for library issues and policies. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings.

*Please note that new advocate training will be held on May 1st during briefing day this year.

Due to increased interest in National Library Legislative Day 2017, we have reached capacity on registration. If you have any questions, please contact llindle@alawash.org or sign up to participate online.

Hotel Information

To make reservations at the Liaison Hotel:

  • Hotel registration closed on March 30, 2017
  • Click here to book online (Please select your arrival and departure) – the code for online registration is: ALA017
  • Call toll free 1-888-513-7445. Be sure to reference the American Library Association group when making reservations, or provide the Reservation ID: American Library Assn – National Library Legislative Day
  • Please Note: If you are planning on booking nights outside our room block (May 1-2), you must book the additional nights separately in order to take advantage of the discount.


Participating from home?


Another chance to go to DC!


CMLE members (and others!) – if you are working with teens, and would like to go to Washington DC for Library Legislative Day – YALSA wants to help you!

Check out this opportunity below:

Due to the fact that the White House’s budget proposes eliminating all federal funds for libraries, YALSA’s Board has re-opened the travel stipend application in order to send an additional member to Washington DC to advocate for teens and libraries. The stipend, funded by Friends of YALSA, will enable one qualified recipient to receive up to $1,000 to attend ALA’s 2017 National Library Legislative Day, which will be held in Washington, DC, May 1-2, 2017. Apply by April 10, 2017.  Applicants will be notified the week of April 17, 2017.  Here is the application:




P.S. For other ways to stand up for teens and libraries, read this YALSAblog post

Beth Yoke, CAE

Executive Director

Young Adult Library Services Association

50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611

1.800.545.2433 x4391

fax: 312.280.5276



Brag about libraries at National Library Legislative Day!

CMLE members: If you do not make it to Washington, you can definitely participate in the Virtual Library Legislative Day activities!

“Help us amplify the key advocacy messages that the American Library Association will be sending Congress during National Library Legislative Day by committing to emailing, calling, or Tweeting at your Senators and Representative May 1-5th. Don’t worry! We’ll send you talking points and resources on May 1st, along with the link to the live webcast, in case you need them.

Not sure what National Library Legislative Day is? Want to join us in person in Washington, D.C.? Check out ala.org/nlld for more information and use #nlld17 to join the conversation.”

Forwarded from the ALA Washington Office thru Legislation Assembly:

In the wake of the Presidential budget release last week, we’ve been receiving increased calls and emails containing questions about National Library Legislative Day 2017. Below are a few FAQs – please feel free to send this out to your listservs, etc, to help get the word around.

Is there still time to register for National Library Legislative Day 2017:
Absolutely! The deadline for registering online is April 8th and after that we will only be able to accept registrations at the door of the event. Registration information is available at ala.org/nlld.

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Let the world know what angry librarians are like!

CMLE members: it’s time!

Angry tiger
We get a pittance of money at all levels to provide an extraordinary amount of services to our communities – and our federal money is being threatened. Our federal money is threatened, our federal office is threatened – and our libraries will suffer!

DO NOT STAND FOR THIS! Let the world know just how valuable libraries are, and about the work that you do!! Let’s NOT just sit passively and quietly as our structures are dismantled, and our organizations ruined!!

Be proud of yourself, and of your library!

Our work is important – and should not be devalued and defunded!!

Even if your library does not directly receive money from IMLS, you receive services through the state from IMLS. Losing our federal agency – the only voice our profession has in the federal government – will be a disastrous blow to us.

In 2016, Minnesota received $2,732,686 from IMLS. That money goes to individual libraries in LSTA grants, and helps support  statewide programs and services we all use. Let’s not let this go!

Read this press release from the Young Adult library services association of ALA, and DO SOMETHING today!!


If you have other questions, or want to talk about emails you can send, phone calls you can make, or other things you can do to, you can always reach out to us here at CMLE Headquarters! We are here to support you, and the work you do for your community. Continue reading Let the world know what angry librarians are like!

Advocate! Send a handwritten note!!

Passing this on from the ALA!

It’s Take Action Tuesday and Week 3 of the Winter 2017 Everyday Advocacy Challenge!

Send a handwritten invitation to a local elected official or staff person.

Our Week Two challenge was to make a phone call or in-person visit to a local official’s office to introduce yourself, including the elevator speech you wrote during Week One.

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