Library Advocacy Day
Library Advocacy Day was Tuesday, February 6 but do not worry if you were unable to make it in person to Jefferson City. It's time to tell your legislators how important your library is to your community and how important it is that they support state funding to all MO libraries.
After entering your information to find your legislators, the form will provide a message about library funding and specific dollars needed for the coming year. Please feel free to add your specific library story and information to this message to make it personal to you and your legislator's library.
Missouri Senators – https://www.senate.mo.gov/
Missouri Representatives –https://house.mo.gov/MemberRoster.aspx
Click here for Missouri Library Association Priorities for 2024 (FY2025) – make sure you are familiar with these.
WHY ADVOCACY DAY?
Librarians, library trustees and friends from across Missouri come together on one day to meet with State Representatives and Senators to discuss the importance of all libraries — academic, public and school — and their contributions to the lives of Missourians.
Through meetings with elected officials, we raise awareness of the importance of State Aide to Public Libraries and the services of the Missouri State Library.
By coming together in Jefferson City on Missouri Library Advocacy Day, we promote libraries in a visible way, and by our numbers, show the importance of libraries state-wide. Face-to-face discussion is the most effective means of communication and is essential to the establishment of a solid working relationship.While this event is important, it is only one communication with your legislators. Your meeting with your legislator should make it easier to contact him/her during the session as issues arise and we ask for your support. Building long term relationships with your legislators is the key to effective communication. This event is a great opportunity to begin building relationships with your elected officials.