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.
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School libraries are the buzzing hub of a school learning environment. That excitement around learning does not start and stop when the school bells ring. More and more, school librarians are offering programming before school, during lunch, after school, and during summer breaks to maximize the opportunity to reach all students and to meet their unique educational needs. Here are some of the great programs offered in school libraries across the nation.
It is a common refrain that a lack of access to education is one of the major contributing factors to incarceration in the United States. What is not as commonly discussed is the direct impact that reading and literacy skills specifically have on levels of incarceration and crime rates and the impact that library funding has on decreasing crime rates in our communities.
Wise investors know a good deal when they see it, which is why so many people who are smart and rich love their public library. It’s simple, really, if you consider what the average U.S. household pays for library services (~$7.50/month) and put that next to a public library’s vast offerings, the point is obvious. For under ten dollars you get thousands of books, music, movies, wholesome activities for kids, very expensive market research databases, and a much, much more.
Help us give the gift of literacy in 2020 by launching a Facebook fundraiser that helps us support libraries throughout the year.