I know that you support school libraries in the United States. I also know that you understand how important these educational institutions are to the future success of our country. Unfortunately, many of our political leaders on both sides of the political spectrum haven’t heard from you or people like you.
That’s why I wanted to make it easier for you to reach your friends, family and colleagues to contact their state representatives about supporting school libraries through our petition platform with these Twitter and Facebook links.
Whether your 2019-2020 school year started in August or it’s just getting underway now that Labor Day is behind us, we need your help to focus on the future of school library funding. Across the country, threats to school library programs are well known and ongoing. The solution is a combination of direct action with local school leaders and a new approach to fixing state-level funding for education to include school librarians and school library programs. EveryLibrary, through our SaveSchoolLibrarians.org initiative and state library association partnerships, is hard at work on both parts of the solution. And we continue to need your help as a donor and activist to build momentum this year.
Is your School Library being threatened with budget cuts? Is there a compelling piece of legislation in your state that would support or disrupt library services? Are there organizations or government agencies that are disrupting library services, programs, or events? If so, then let us help!
We are excited to announce that the campaign to keep school librarians from being “optional” in Iowa State Senate Bill 1190 in Iowa was wildly successful and the language was removed from the bill. In less than 12 hours over 500 people across the state of Iowa signed the petition. Your actions made this possible!
Thank you to everyone who voiced your support for media specialists and all certified educators to be part of the pay raise!
Thanks to your actions, we were able to include ALL certified educators in the House FY20 budget.
The Utah Library Association and EveryLibrary invite you to take the Pledge to Vote For Question #1 this November.
Question #1 is an important and necessary proposal to increase school library funding in Utah through a new motor fuel tax. If it passes, 70% of the funding will go directly to improve education in local school districts. School Library Media Specialists are named in the proposal, and that is why we are endorsing Question #1.
Please join EveryLibrary, the Colorado Association of Libraries, and the Colorado Association of School Librarians in taking the Pledge to Vote YES on Amendment 73 this November.
EveryLibrary is thrilled to report that our colleagues at the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME), the state association for school librarians there, have succeeded in having three bills introduced in their legislature that would go a long way to restoring school librarians to each and every school in the state!
We are excited to announce a win in the Tamalpais High School District in California where the teacher-librarians at Tamalpais, Redwood, and Drake High Schools were given preliminary lay-off notices. We were able to work closely with individuals on the ground to mount a campaign to contact the school board and push back against these cuts.
The teacher-librarians at Tamalpais, Redwood and Drake High Schools were given preliminary lay-off notices on Friday, March 9 at 11:15 am. This preceded the posting of the Board of Trustees Meeting agenda at 5:46 pm which included Resolution 17-10 Reducing Certificated. The resolution passed with a 3-2 vote.
Eliminating School Library Positions in Atlanta Public Schools will Hurt Student Achievement and Success
With just a few months left in this school year, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) are eliminating at least 14 school librarian positions across the city next school year. Several schools are reducing their school library staffing to a part-time school certified librarian while others are replacing them with paraprofessionals. The Georgia Library Media Association is calling on members of the School Board and Superintendent Carstarphen to review and reverse this decision. Eliminating school librarians from Atlanta schools would negatively affect reading and test scores, and student achievement across our city.
Across the country we are seeing school library budgets get slashed. Children all over the United States are losing access to this important resource. We’re working really hard at EveryLibrary to help support these school libraries and ensure that our children are not denied the education that they deserve with a well-funded library. But we can’t do it without your support. That’s why we’re asking you to sign and share some of our most recent school library petitions.
One thing that just infuriates us is when politicians use libraries as political props, especially when those same politicians have spent their careers closing or defunding them!
A message from Elissa Malespina
Almost two years ago hundreds of people took action and signed a petition on this platform to stop the cuts to the school libraries in South Orange, New Jersey. Last night the South Orange/ Maplewood Board of Education voted to hire a second full time certified librarian for the High School. This action means that all the cuts that first occurred in the Spring of 2016 have now been restored! THANK YOU!!!
EveryLibrary and the ISTE Librarians Network announce a new “From Advocacy to Activism” webinar series for 2018 supporting school librarians and school library program budgets. These four free interactive webinars are designed for school librarians and school library activists to learn new skills and hone effective strategies that are focused on library funding. Taught by the EveryLibrary team, participants will hear about real-world examples from SaveSchoolLibrarians.org funding fights and other issue campaigns that can be put to work in their own schools and districts.
I am thrilled to announce the launch of our new SaveSchoolLibrarians.org site and an expanded partnership with five state school library associations and Follett Learning to work on restoring school librarians to schools and districts - and to expanding funding for school library programs - in their states.
EveryLibrary and the Illinois School library Media Association (ISLMA) announce a joint advocacy pilot-project focused on restoring school librarian positions and school library programs and collections budgets in certain schools and districts across Illinois. This unique and targeted advocacy project is intended to bring together research, activism, and support systems to help encourage school boards and leadership to make a renewed choice about librarians and libraries in their schools. It builds upon the strategic effort that ISLMA has made to highlight the importance of effective library programs in the state ESSA Implementation Plan. It will go beyond policy and into action to lobby for positions and programs across the state.
We know the solution to a big problem in Pennsylvania education, and we need your help getting the state legislature in Harrisburg to fix it. If we could have at least one school librarian in every school we’d see better reading scores and writing scores, improved critical thinking, and more work-ready graduates coming out of every Pennsylvania school. Together, we’d be able to fix low achievement. And all it takes is one school librarian....
We're excited to support the the Illinois School Library Media Association's rally to put school librarians back in school libraries across Illinois during ALA in Chicago!