[Michlib-l] School Library Funding

Lester, Kathy kathyl at mimame.org
Fri Feb 20 08:05:52 EST 2015

Thank you Trish for forwarding the Action Alert from ALA.  I know many
people have asked me how they could support School Libraries.  Contacting
Senators Stabenow and Peters to ask them to co-sponsor S.312 which is the
bipartisan SKILLS (Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries
Act) is one such way.  If you are interested in making a call, but need
assistance with wording about school libraries --- below is a suggestion:

Call Senator Stabenow (202-224-4822) and Senator Peters (202-224-6221). Most
times you will have to leave a voicemail.  You could say something like the
following (modify this slightly to include your own 'voice') ---

“I would like to ask Senator ______  to co-sponsor S. 312 the SKILLS Act
which is the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act. It
is a bipartisan act introduced by Senators Reed, Cochran, and Whitehouse.
School libraries are critical to improving our education system and for
preparing students to compete in today’s global economy.  Multiple studies
show that strong school library programs have a positive impact on student
achievement. Senator ______, please support dedicated funding for effective
school library programs under ESEA by co-sponsoring S.312. Thank you.”

Please remember to include your name and address with zip code.

Thank you very much,

Kathy Lester, MLIS, MA
MAME Past-President, 2014
School Librarian/Technology Integrationist
East Middle School, Plymouth-Canton Schools
*2012 **State Librarian's Excellence Award Winner*
kathyL at mimame.org
cell: 810-333-5873

On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 4:06 PM, Trish Burns <tburns at saginawlibrary.org>

> *From ALA – *
> ·        *Please take a moment and review the information below and act
> on it as you feel appropriate.*
> ·
> ·        *Ensure the Future of School Library Funding
> <http://cqrcengage.com/ala/app/take-action?engagementId=80622>*
> The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides federal funding
> for K-12 education programs. Reauthorization of legislation of this nature
> will determine federal education policy for the coming decade and it is
> imperative that dedicated funding for school library programs be included.
> We need you to contact both Senators from your state and let them know how
> critical school libraries are in improving our education system. Ask them
> to support dedicated funding for effective school library programs under
> ESEA by co-sponsoring S.312.
> Trish Burns
> Director, Public Libraries of Saginaw
> 505 Janes Avenue
> Saginaw, MI 48607
> 989-755-9833
> tburns at saginawlibrary.org
> ALA Councilor for Michigan
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