Speak Up! Speak Out! Speak For Libraries!

Thank you for Supporting Libraries!
Call your Representatives and thank them for their support of funding libraries.
READ the details of the FY2018 omnibus spending bill and the statement from the ALA President Jim Neal.
READ the news release from the Institute of Museum and Library Services with details of the funding.



New Hampshire Congressional Representatives 2018

"Libraries change lives and are essential to a democratic society." 
ALA Declaration for the Right to Libraries  PDF Document and PDF Poster 

Calculate the Value of Your Library (from the ALA "I Love
Libraries Initiative)

NH Supreme Court decision re: librarian is employee of Library, not the Town 
Littleton vs Taylor

The Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library http://www.ala.org/offices/olos/toolkits/rural
NHLTA Legislative Advocacy Guide: a handbook of information and tips on the process of establishing advocacy positions.
NHLTA Legislative Advocacy Guide
How a Bill Becomes a Law Information: How a Bill Becomes a Law.
NH State Government Website: http://www.nh.gov/nhinfo/bills.html.
How to Find Your Legislator: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/housemembers.html
American Library Association's Advocacy (ALA) section: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/

Grass Roots Advocacy in Action! 

Not your Grandmother’s Library Any Longer
Read about the current trend in libraries as they move to re-identify themselves in the twenty-first century. The shift is on from a repository of books to a repository of assets. You can now checkout musical instruments, telescopes for star gazing, binoculars and bird-watching handbooks. Read more on Marketplace on Minnesota Public Radio.

Peterborough Library at the Polls
The Peterborough Town Library set up informational tables at the polls. The goal of the project was to increase visibility of library programs and services, as well as sign up residents for library cards. Director Corinne Chronopoulos said "We signed up 23 residents for library cards and had plenty of conversations about services and programs."
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Howe Library, Hanover, celebrates the year in a letter to the editor. Reach out to your community using this easy effective method and advocate for YOUR library. Our thanks to Library Director Mary White for sharing her suggestions and letter.


12-18-2017: NH Attorney General Gordon MacDonald issues a letter to the four NH Members of Congress that New Hampshire will NOT be joining lawsuit. READ LETTER 
The FCC voted 3-2 on Thursday, December 14, 2017, to roll back the net neutrality guidelines, effectively granting ISPs (Internet Service Providers) the rights to meter or censure content. A movement is growing in reaction in several states to contest this action in court, and New Hampshire—we of the Live Free or Die state—can be the next state to join the lawsuit to restore net neutrality.

You can contact representatives by email, fax, phone or letter at the contacts below.