A Letter from MALF President: Library Day at the Capitol

Hello, Library Friends,

Save the date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012.
Cost: Free for all Library Friends Members

carol-walsh-blog.jpgEach year the Minnesota Library Association – MLA -- and Minnesota Educational Media Association – MEMO -- the organization of school librarians, co-sponsor Library Legislative Day at the Capitol.

What goes on? Simply, we meet with legislators to advocate for the MLA platform, tell them about the important work libraries do in our cities and communities throughout Minnesota and, of course, thank them for their support.        

This year Library Legislative Day is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28. MLA/MEMO lobbyist Elaine Keefe will give a briefing about the platform (approved by MLA members at the MLA 2011 Annual Conference in Duluth) and the current political environment at 6 p.m., February 27 and again at 9 a.m., February 28. The two briefings (and you don’t need to attend both!) will be held at the Best Western Kelly Inn, 161 St. Anthony Avenue, St. Paul. Handouts on issues important to our libraries will be available for your reading and to have with you as you visit your legislators.

n-capitol.jpgPlease consider attending! If you have never participated in Library Legislative Day and are a little uncertain, please know that you won’t be visiting your legislator on your own. We can assist you with understanding the platform, introductions, and navigating your way through the buildings of the Capitol Complex.  

Given the current economic environment it has never been more important to show your support of libraries. If you’ve been following MALF on twitter, you’ve heard information in real-time about reductions in hours, cuts to programs, and loss of staff.

If you can’t attend, make sure that you know your legislators and contact them about the MLA platform.

Specific information about pre-registration for Library Legislative Day will be available soon.

See you at the Capitol!

Carol Walsh
Board President

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