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Review the 2021 Delaware Legislative Calendar
*Information current as of October 26, 2020.
Review the 2021 State Sessions Calendar
*Information current as of October 6, 2020.
Review the 2021 Libraries and Legislators by district and school district for each Delaware public library.
For the FY2022 Funding Documents and info used for advocating, click here.
Federal funding for library buildings has not been provided in more than 20 years. But as the nation works with this new Congress to recover from a historic pandemic and reckon with the legacy of racial injustice, now is the time to think big. On March 3, 2021 the House companion bill of the Build America’s Libraries Act (H.R. 1581) was formally introduced. This legislation would provide $5 billion in funding to repair, modernize, and construct library facilities in underserved and marginalized communities. The Build America’s Libraries Act would prioritize funding to communities with high poverty rates, as part of a strategy to begin to reverse decades of underinvestment in communities of color.
Take Action Now.
Ask your Representative to co-sponsor the Build America’s Libraries Act today!
Sample draft letter
ALA Chapters Briefing – Build America’s Libraries Act
ALA one page flyer
Bill text: S. 127
Bill text: H.R. 1581
DLA Build America’s Libraries Act flyer for DE Congressional Delegation
ALA Data Brief – May 2021
US Libraries Hope for Billions in Federal Aid for Infrastructure – article from Commercial Observer; July 8, 2021
Post to Rep. Blunt Rochester and Sen. Carper September 3, 2021 BALA library visit
How valuable is your library? Use the Library Value Calculator, created by the Massachusetts Library Association. The value calculator has been updated to include curbside service transactions.
What is your library worth – discussion on how to calculate labor values
Open Access Journals
The Political Librarian; v.4 iss.2
“Million and Bossaller seek to address gaps in the research on political activity and lobbying of state library associations. Their findings provide a compelling if somewhat unsettling picture of challenges faced by state library associations as they seek to influence often uninformed policy makers. Million and Bossaller’s argument that state associations need to move from re-active to pro-active lobbying strategies is a compelling one” – EveryLibrary Institute
Want to be part of the Action?
Contact Michelle Hughes (michelle.hughes at lib.de.us) to find out how! We’d love to have you part of the team! Find out how to get involved with Delaware library advocacy efforts, our local state legislative day and the 2021 National Library Legislative Day ongoing efforts and special events.