If you have already contacted Senators Mikulski and Cardin to ask them to co-sponsor the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (S 1328), then thank you! If not, it’s not too late!
As of now, neither of Maryland’s Senators has co-sponsored the bill. The bill would ensure effective school libraries by amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is up for reauthorization. Even if you are not a school librarian, please consider contacting the Senators. For more details and links to talking points and contact information, please see the earlier blog posting.
Thank you in advance for any advocacy efforts!
The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office is offering a Webinar on Tuesday, August 30th at 4pm entitled 10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries. For more information, including how to register, click on this registration link.
Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 (HR 1981) is a new bill that is of concern to libraries because of its violation of privacy while seemingly doing nothing to protect children from pornography. The Office of Intellectual Freedom and the ALA Washington Office are monitoring this bill and ALA has already sent a letter opposing the bill. For more information about this bill, check out this article.
Members of Congress are on recess in August and are likely to have town hall meetings in their districts. The resolution for the debt ceiling crisis will cause budget cuts and it is important to make sure libraries do not have to endure any of those cuts. Take advantage of these town hall meetings to stress the importance of libraries. For more information on what to do at a town hall meeting, see the District Dispatch posting.
Congress passed a bill (HR 2715) that has resolved the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and how it impacts libraries. Basically the lead testing requirements will not apply to ordinary books. For more information, see the District Dispatch posting.
All of Maryland’s Senators and Representatives voted yes on this bill. Many thanks to everyone who contacted members of Congress about this issue! You are encouraged to contact your members of Congress and thank them for resolving this long-standing issue. You can use Capwiz to do this.