Letter Writing Campaign 2017

CLA’S 2017 LEGISLATIVE WRITE-IN

~~AS IMPORTANT AS TESTIFYING, BUT WITHOUT THE EXCITEMENT OF PARKING NEAR THE LOB IN HARTFORD!!!~~

GOAL OF THE PROGRAM: Send as many hand-written letters of support for library funding to members of the Legislature as possible, each one followed up with a phone call offering additional information.  

CRITICAL Conveners:  REGIONAL REPS!
Regional Reps will find one or two libraries in their region that will host letter-writing event. Emphasis will be on convenience – good parking; easy-to-find meeting room.  Letter-writing parties should be held between March 18 -25, with letters sent immediately.

Regional Reps will help distribute information about the project to Friends, Trustees, Librarians, and the Public.  Everyone will be encouraged to write, at the events in libraries or from home.

At each event, there will be:

  •         Pictures of the area’s Legislators (from CT Deneral assembly website), with addresses at the Capitol and home/office.
  •         Information on those Legislators’ committee assignments and particular interests, as known (regionalism, resource sharing, efficiency, etc.).
  •         Advocacy sheets for each library in the districts, so the facts are readily available
  •         Sample letters/testimony. There are dozens of “samples” already – testimony submitted electronically, etc. We can add more:  messages crafted for Legislators who are/are not on the Approps Committee, messages describing how the State Library budget supports equal access, resource sharing, etc.
  •         Copies of ALA’s Library Advocate’s Handbook
  •         Stationery and postage, supplied by CLA.
  •         Sign-in sheet to give us information on which Legislator was sent letters, by which advocates.
  •         Someone from our Legislative Committee to explain our project and gather feedback from participants.

 

During the event, as many people as possible will actually handwrite (or at least hand address) their letters. The host library can mail them.