Speak Up for your Library July News

Younger Americans Still use Libraries

There’s a notion out there that younger adults do everything online and that library users tend to be older.  A new study from the Pew Center shows that’s not the case.  Older teens and those in their 20s are as likely to visit the library and check out books as older Americans.  You can read about it here  http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/06/25/younger-americans-library-se...

Traveling?  You’re never far from one of the 17,000 public libraries in America.  This interactive map http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/06/every-library-and... will show you where they all are.

Villages, Cities, and Counties will soon start drafting their 2014 budgets.  Elected officials need to hear from constituents about the services they feel are important.  Now is the time to talk to them.    Back in 2006 we posted recommendations on communicating with elected officials.

Don’t forget to say “Thanks”

Any time you contact elected officials about an issue thank them.  Whether the issue was decided the way you hoped for or not, thank them for their help and support.  Even if they didn’t vote the way you wanted them to, thank them for listening to your concerns.  You may be contacting them in the future on another issue and they’ll remember your thanks.