Contact Senators to include librarians in Jobs for Main Street

The Jobs for Main Street Act has passed in the House and is now in the Senate.  The bill would put $80 billion toward creating jobs, but it does not currently include librarians.  However, the bill does include $18 billion for hiring and retaining teachers.  The American Library Association’s Washington Office is encouraging people to contact Senators and ask them to write a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), requesting that the hiring and retaining of librarians be included in the $18 billion as well.  Be sure to tell them what your library is doing to help people find jobs. 

You may contact Senators by phone (Senator Mikulski – (202) 224-4654; Senator Cardin – (202) 224-4524) or via e-mail using the Action Alert on Capwiz.  To get to the Action Alert and more details, go to Capwiz and click on the Take Action button below the alert entitled “Out of Work Librarians Need Your Help NOW!”

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