Anyone can advocate for their public library! We need many voices to tell leaders in the Legislature why libraries are essential.
Advocacy helps to inform people about library services and their value to the community. It can influence important decisions about legislative and budget priorities in order to strengthen libraries in New York State and ensure that they have the resources to continue offering these important services.
The New York Library Association suggests various ways to tell your story about why libraries are important:
- Send a Letter/Email to your Elected Officials. Not social media savvy? No worries. Letter and email templates are available for you to customize and send to your elected officials.
- Submit a Video for NYLA’s “I Am A #LibraryAdvocate” Campaign. NYLA is asking #LibraryAdvocates to share why #nylibraries are important to you via video! Whether you are a seasoned library advocate, or this is your first Library Advocacy Day – they want to hear from you. These videos will be shared via NYLA’s social media channels.
- Share Your Story. Tell NYLA why you love your library and how it is important to your community. Use the hashtags #LAD23, #LibraryAdvocate, and #nylibraries to tell your story. NYLA will retweet/reshare your post throughout the day!
If you are affiliated with a library, there is strength in numbers! Please consider attending an in-person OR virtual legislative office visit with your fellow #LibraryAdvocates. NYLA will have a listing of all the legislative office visits on their website.
Check out our advocacy page for additional links, talking points, and information about contacting your representatives.