I recently asked a library advocacy expert the following question:
What is the #1 thing that community members can do to make sure that our elementary schools have libraries?
Here’s what they said:
Actions attendees should take to support school libraries in our town:
1) Join the CEAG’s Library Advocacy Committee. (Sign up or our newsletter or Facebook Group for updates)
2) Talk to friends and neighbors about the issue and encourage them to speak up as well.
3) Share your concerns on social media or in editorials for local news outlets.
4) Attend Board meetings and voice your concerns in the public forum.
5) Email administrators and the Board of Ed regarding your concerns.
6) Share your library stories and information about the school libraries situation with CEAG so we can help you be heard.
7) When working with the administration and the Board, insist on a response with a concrete plan of action— do not settle for excuses or vague generalizations.
Thanks to our expert for the insight!
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What do you think? How would you advocate for school libraries?