The White House budget that was released yesterday calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums. ALA and United for Libraries need your help to ensure that IMLS is saved, because without libraries our community members especially our kids will not have the resources and support they need to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers, and life. Scroll to the bottom of this email for a quick explanation of IMLS.

Here’s what you can do right now:

Call your representatives and senators – you can find them here: http://www.ala.org/offices/wo

Tell Them:

Hello, my name is ____________________.  As a voter and as a member/supporter of the American Library Association, I’m calling to ask the Senator/Representative to oppose the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which the White House budget is proposing to do.  Libraries help our nation’s children, students, and adults from all walks of life  succeed in school and prepare for college careers and life.  Without libraries, our nation will not have a trained workforce or productive citizens.  Libraries depend on funding from IMLS in order to provide the services and resources students and adults depend on for learning, especially those from low-income families. Please take action to ensure that IMLS is not eliminated and gets the funding it needs to help our nation’s people.  Through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000 which was shared among our nation’s 16,500 public libraries. [IF YOU LIKE, SHARE A BRIEF EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR LIBRARY HELPS Community – kids, teens, adults].  Thank you for your time.

Email your representatives and senators – you can find them here: http://www.ala.org/offices/wo

 Sample Email:

Dear Madam/Sir,

As one of your constituents as a member/supporter of the American Library Association, I am writing to ask that you oppose the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which the White House budget is proposing to do.  Libraries help our nation’s children, students, and adults from all walks of life  succeed in school and prepare for college careers and life.  Without libraries, our nation will not have a trained workforce or productive citizens.  Libraries depend on funding from IMLS in order to provide the services and resources students and adults depend on for learning, especially those from low-income families. Please take action to ensure that IMLS is not eliminated and gets the funding it needs to help our nation’s people.  Through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000 which was shared among our nation’s 16,500 public libraries. [IF YOU LIKE, SHARE A BRIEF EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR LIBRARY HELPS community – kids, teens, adults].  Thank you for your time.

In addition to calling or emailing, share on Social Media and help us spread the word:

 Sample Tweet

[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] Americans depend on libraries to succeed in school & prep for jobs. Say no to cutting the Institute of Museum & Library Services

Please forward this email to your friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, and others and ask them to take 5 minutes to make a difference for libraries!

Don’t know much about IMLS?  Here’s a quick overview: through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums. In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000.  In addition, IMLS offers competitive grant opportunities that individual libraries and museums can apply for. In FY14 they awarded 594 grants (from 1,299 applications) totaling more than $54,700,000. Visit the IMLS site to see how much funding your state receives from them.