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Now It's Time To Say 'Thank You' To Congressional Library Supporters

writing-clip-art-writing-clip-art-7.gifYou booked your appointments, prepared your talking points, attended the MLA orientation session, and, finally, had the opportunity to speak to your legislators on behalf of libraries as part of MLA/MEMO Library Legislative Day.

Now you’re done, right? Wrong. If you haven’t already, remember to follow up with a thank you note to the officials who took time out of their busy schedules to speak with you.

“Congressmen and their aides speak with many many people on any given day,” advises veteran congressional lobbyist and ‘Advocacy Guru’ Stephanie Vance. “Following up your five-minute conversation with a prompt thank you letter or email reiterating your main talking points can cement you in their memory… And you really don’t want to run the risk of being forgotten.”

Contact information for your congressperson in both the House and Senate is available through this government representative contact info search database hosted by the state Legislative Coordination Commission.