Monday, July 10, 2017

Save School Librarians With EveryLibrary and Follett Today!

There has been exciting development in the fight for school libraries over the last month.
According to the EveryLibrary site,

EveryLibrary and Follett have announced a special partnership with five state school library associations for restoring school libraries to schools and districts and to expanding funding for school library programs.
In this news article on their site, John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary states,

The site and our state partnership activism is made possible with the support of Follett Learning. Their donor support lets us do targeted, smart, and effective outreach and activism wherever and whenever it is needed. With Follett's support, we can build on our successes and try to address this school librarian crisis in schools and districts around the country. has one-click 'take action' capabilities that make it easy for concerned parents and stakeholder to make their voices heard for school libraries and librarians. The site will include the best training guides for local school library activists to build their own political and organizing power. But they don't have to do it alone. EveryLibrary is here to help advise on the right tactics to make change happen and, with Follett's support, we can put the power of social advertising to work reaching and activating more potential local supporters than ever before.
The core of the project are five advocacy-partnerships between EveryLibrary and state school library associations. Our focus with each state organizational partner will be different, but each one is similarly focused on bringing more school librarians back to schools and expanding funding equitably across schools and districts. With project-partners like Nevada Library Association and the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, there are bills in their legislatures to mandate school librarians in each school. We will work to bring out voters in support of those bills. With FAME, the Florida Association of Media Educators, and ISLMA, the Illinois School Library Media Association, we'll work to address the ongoing cuts that state budget choices are forcing on schools and districts. With our partners at the Washington Library Association and the Montana Library Association, we are working with them to anticipate big changes in the state funding formula for schools - and those changes need to include libraries and librarians.
The site isn't just for the five states involved.

It is for everyone from those wanting to make a difference in their library and community
In fact, look at all of the ways you can help!
Please go to and join this movement in support school libraries across the United States.
I signed up too!
You can visit to sign up, donate, share and even report a threat to a school librarian.

Together with EveryLibrary, Follett and librarians we can make a difference for school, communities and children everywhere.

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