Urge your Senators to #FundLibraries in FY2022!
Please ask that they sign onto the Dear Appropriator letters for the LSTA and IAL.
President Biden is expected to soon submit the details of his proposed budget spending requests for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, which includes federal funding amounts for libraries. We need your help NOW until the final budget is signed in order to ensure that libraries are fully funded in the next fiscal year.
ALA has launched our annual FY2022 #FundLibraries Campaign, and we encourage you to bookmark this page and browse the provided resources that can be shared amongst your library community. Included is the one-page introduction to federal library funding, state-by-state library factsheets to share with your elected officials, and a handy visual guide on the overall federal appropriations process.
Because things are a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, the Dear Appropriator letters have begun circulating in both the House and Senate a few weeks later than in previous years. (The House letters closed on April 23, 2021). For FY2022, we are asking congressional appropriators to include funding of at least $206 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and $50 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant program.
Will you contact your Senators and ask them to sign onto the Dear Appropriator letters before the May 14th deadline?