Advocacy


Step Up for Your Library!

Tell your state or local elected officials why you’re thankful for how your library helped you in 2020 in our “Libraries Step Up” campaign. Speaking up for your libraries makes a powerful difference in your community!

Five Steps to Speak Up:

Step 1: Pick up a postcard from your library anytime from February to June 2021. (You can also send an email or print your own postcard.)

Step 2: Find the contact information for the elected official(s) you want to send it to. (We suggest sending one to your state senator, state representative, mayor, and/or alderpersons.)

Step 3: Write a few sentences in the postcard or email about why you’re thankful for your library.

Step 4: Include your name, address, and home library so your official knows who it’s from.

Step 5: Send your postcard or email to your elected officials.

Not sure what to write?

“I am thankful for my library because…” or “The library helped me in 2020 by…” are great ways to start. Even one sentence makes a difference!

Questions? Need additional help? Contact us anytime. Thank you!

Wisconsin Library Advocacy Quick Links

Wisconsin Library Legislative Information

Legislators of the Bridges Library System Area

Click here to find the list (with links) of all the legislators in the Waukesha and Jefferson County area.

State Budget Request for Increase in State Aid to Library Systems

Link to 2021-2023 State budget priorities: https://www.wisconsinlibraries.org/assets/committees/legislation/2020-10-State-aid-WLA-budget-proposal-2021-2023.pdf

Wisconsin Library Association’s Legislative Day

This day is held annually in February.  Click here to learn more.

Wisconsin Library Legislation Updates

Stay informed of Wisconsin legislative updates at the Wisconsin Library Association website.

Wisconsin Library Association’s Position on Cross County Payments

The Library Development and Legislation (LD&L) Committee of Wisconsin Library Association prepared a position paper regarding the cross county payment system that was enacted into law with Act 420.  County payments across county borders is a critically important issue to libraries throughout the state.  You can read that position paper here. See a newer document that explains the issue in color here.  In black and white here.

Join the Wisconsin Library Association

The Wisconsin Library Association makes our libraries stronger. Click here to become a member of the WLA and support their work!

General Advocacy and Legislation Information

American Library Association Advocacy Tools

Find tools, resources, and updates to support libraries and library professionals across the country at the American Library Association’s website.

American Library Association’s Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries

Download and use this handy Fact Sheet on library use in the United States. 

Guide for Setting Up a Candidates’ Forum

Informed citizens are key to democracy! The library, as the most important source of information in a community, can offer citizens the opportunity to meet and hear from local candidates prior to an election.  Learn how to do that here. See a sample press release here. Sample questions can be found here.

Impact of Libraries

Find research on why libraries matter here.  See how important they are to our communities throughout Wisconsin by reading the League of Municipalities report here.

Using Impact Data in Advocacy

Learn more about how to use data to demonstrate the impact of what your library provides to its community here.

Telling the Library Story

Here is a wealth of information for how to tell the library story from the state library of I