Friday, April 7, 2017

Send a Shout-Out for your library!

The American Library Association's National Library Week is right around the corner! This year, we produced a video featuring State Superintendent Tony Evers and the Lancaster and Beloit Public Libraries. In the video, Tony talks about the critical role libraries play in their communities and talks about the devastating proposed cuts to the IMLS budget. We’re hoping you can help us by sharing the video through social media or any means you regularly use to communicate.
Image of Dr. Tony Evers, WI State Superintendent from video message
Image from Dr. Evers' Library Message

Public libraries are there for you throughout the year to help people of all backgrounds address their needs. Increasingly those are for access to government information, workforce development, literacy for children and families, computer training, and other information.

The federal budget proposal to eliminate all federal funding for libraries could jeopardize our statewide support for delivery, sharing materials through WISCAT, support for online databases like BadgerLink, and specialized consulting services. Our public and school libraries need to be supported at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure they do what they do best—link you with information, training, and resources to enrich your lives. Thank a librarian next week during National Library Week.

Dr. Tony Evers' message can be viewed here. Please feel free to share his message.