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Thank you Senators Shaheen and Hassen and Representatives Kuster and Pappas for signing the “Dear Appropriator” letters

All NH representatives continue to support libraries and have signed the LSTA [Library Services and Technology Act] Dear Appropriator letters! So now we need to thank them. Please call or email your representative today and thank them for signing and supporting NH libraries and all libraries. Please identify your library and tell them something special that YOUR library does to improve the lives of their constituents. They love stories as well as data, particularly about their areas of interest.

IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew's Statement on the President's Proposed FY 2020 Budget
Washington, DC – Today, the President released details from the budget request to Congress for FY 2020 that proposes $23M in funding for the orderly closure of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Continue reading ...

President Loida Garcia-Febo issued the following statement in response to the White House’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget proposal:
As discouraging as it is that the administration has again proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the bipartisan support in Congress over the past two years gives us reason to hope. Continue reading ...

Library Journal statement: FY20 Budget Proposes to Eliminate IMLS
Advocates Called On to Step Up. Continue reading ...


What is a “Dear Appropriator” letter?
Both the House and the Senate have appropriations committees that draft budget bills based on recommendations put forward by their subcommittees (for example, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee). Members of Congress typically submit letters to the appropriations committees to request funding for the programs they champion, and the letters are co-signed by other members of Congress.

You can contact representatives by email, fax, phone or letter at the contacts below.

Chris Pappas (1st District) https://pappas.house.gov/contact 

Ann McLane Kuster (2nd District) http://kuster.house.gov/contact
Maggie Hassan https://www.hassan.senate.gov/
Jeanne Shaheen https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/  



New Hampshire Congressional Representatives November 2018
"Libraries change lives and are essential to a democratic society." 
ALA Declaration for the Right to Libraries  PDF Document and PDF Poster 

Calculate the Value of Your Library (from the ALA "I Love
Libraries Initiative)

NH Supreme Court decision re: librarian is employee of Library, not the Town 
Littleton vs Taylor

The Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library http://www.ala.org/offices/olos/toolkits/rural
NHLTA Legislative Advocacy Guide: a handbook of information and tips on the process of establishing advocacy positions.
NHLTA Legislative Advocacy Guide
How a Bill Becomes a Law Information: How a Bill Becomes a Law.
NH State Government Website: http://www.nh.gov/nhinfo/bills.html.
How to Find Your Legislator: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/housemembers.html
American Library Association's Advocacy (ALA) section: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/

What is the IMLS?
The Institute of Museum and Library Services published a short history on their 20th anniversary in 2016.

MISSION: The mission of IMLS is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.

VISION: A nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.

Why is IMLS important?
LINK to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants-to-States page. New Hampshire's InterLibraryLoan (ILL) service is partially funded by an IMLS/LSTA grant. READ State Librarian Michael York's article on ILL service in New Hampshire.


Grass Roots Advocacy in Action! 

Not your Grandmother’s Library Any Longer
Read about the current trend in libraries as they move to re-identify themselves in the twenty-first century. The shift is on from a repository of books to a repository of assets. You can now checkout musical instruments, telescopes for star gazing, binoculars and bird-watching handbooks. Read more on Marketplace on Minnesota Public Radio.

Peterborough Library at the Polls
The Peterborough Town Library set up informational tables at the polls. The goal of the project was to increase visibility of library programs and services, as well as sign up residents for library cards. Director Corinne Chronopoulos said "We signed up 23 residents for library cards and had plenty of conversations about services and programs."
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Howe Library, Hanover annual Letter to the Editor
Every year Library Director Mary White writes a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. Reach out to your community using this easy effective method and advocate for YOUR library. Our thanks to Library Director Mary White for sharing her suggestions and letter.