It’s no coincidence that Michigan literacy rates are plummeting at nearly the same rate that school librarians and libraries have been eliminated from schools. (CLICK TO TWEET)
This is a critical time for libraries across the country as we are seeing anti-tax and anti-government groups and politicians come after these institutions. In fact, we’ve seen politicians on both the left and right side of politics threaten to decrease or eliminate library funding and we’ve seen well financed organizations like the Koch Brothers funded, Americans for Prosperity, fight against new libraries in communities. It’s not because they’re against libraries, but because there is no organized opposition to closing a library. They simply don’t think the public will take action when they close a library. But with the right tools and training, the public will fight back. That's why we launched Libraries 2020.
One of the things we always hear while campaigning for libraries is that nobody uses libraries anymore. But check out the data and you'll see something completely different.
That's why we're asking you to help us fight against this common misconception by simply clicking to tweet the facts below or sharing this as a post on Facebook.
Did you know that there are more Libraries in the United States than Starbucks or McDonalds? (TWEET THIS)
Did you know that more Americans attend library programs than MLB or NBA games combined? (TWEET THIS)
Did you know Americans visit their libraries more than 1.3 billion times? (TWEET THIS)
But most importantly, did you know that over 98% of library funding is dependent on the will of local voters and politicians? (TWEET THIS)
Launching a small business can be hard especially if you’re a solopreneur. How do you compete on a larger scale while having to do it all yourself? How do you find leads while also learning the skills like marketing, understanding tax-law, or understanding market trends and data? Where can you find a quiet co-working space to work that has high-speed internet and a whole world of information within reach? Most importantly, how can you access all of that without blowing through your start-up funds?
There can be no doubt that America is divided. There are reports that many of us have lost friendships and family relationships due to the historic political divide among us. How can our country heal and come together again?
On April 1st, 1939 in Washington D.C., Eleanor Roosevelt gave a compelling speech on the importance of libraries. The content of that speech still rings true today. In fact, this speech was given in the years following the Great Depression and libraries played an important role in the lives of millions of Americans during those troubled years just in much the same way that libraries have played an important role in the years following the Great Recession.
We launched Libraries 2020 in order to talk to American voters about the importance of voting to support libraries. That’s because over 90% of library funding is dependent on the support of local voters and politicians. Without that support, libraries die.
We're launching Libraries 2020 today to help more American voters learn about the value and importance of our nation's great libraries.
We launched on Giving Tuesday in order to raise the funding we need to reach every voter in the country with a pro-library message throughout 2020.
EveryLibrary Announces National Voter Engagement Campaign “Libraries 2020” with Fundraising Round on Giving Tuesday
RIVERSIDE, IL (December 3, 2019) -- EveryLibrary, an organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries and advocating in support of public funding for libraries, and the EveryLibrary Institute, a national non-profit focused on the future of library funding, announce a call for donations on December 3, Giving Tuesday. Donations made on this day will help EveryLibrary and the EveryLibrary Institute kick-off the Libraries 2020 campaign, a first of its kind nationwide voter engagement campaign for libraries.