Believe it or not, there are shortsighted people in the United States fighting to defund and eliminate your local library.
Sadly, there are many people who don't realize that libraries are one of the best investments a community can make. Organizations like the Koch Brothers funded SuperPAC, Americans for Prosperity, don't seem to understand that libraries often return between $5 and $10 to the community for every dollar spent on them and provide services to the hundreds of millions of Americans that visit them every single year. There are many politicians who don't realize that storytimes, after school help, resources and services for small business and startups, and services for returning veterans, ensure that communities can make a huge impact in the lives and livelihoods of Americans through their libraries. There are outspoken individuals who don't see the value of the information provided to citizens by libraries in an era of fake news.
As we start moving into the 2017 elections we are starting to see even more groups turn more of their resources against our great library institutions. For example, in 2017 we have already witnessed the closure of entire libraries systems, we have seen a continuous decline in support and funding for school libraries, and we are going to have to fight an emboldened federal agenda to defund the NEA, NEH, and IMLS that supply millions in grants to libraries and communities. The recent fights we have seen are just the beginning of what is becoming a more organized opposition to libraries in America and the wonderful services they provide to their communities. Luckily, there are a few ways you can help fight back.
When we started EveryLibrary, our mission was clear: build national support for libraries. Since 2013, we have helped over 60 libraries fight the good fight for funding on their Election Days and we have supported dozens of other libraries through our petitions and political action. We have another dozens libraries on the ballot between now and election day in November and many others who are fighting against bad legislation and politicians who want to defund them. But planning to win is exactly what we like doing every day as a 501(c)4 and the first national Political Action Committee for libraries. With support from people like you we have won many of these fights but there are many more to go and we are here to give you different ways to get involved in the fight for libraries today.
Get Involved in the fight for Libraries today!
- Take the pledge for libraries
- Sign a petition
- Contribute just $5-25 a month
- or make a larger one time donation
We do this work because we know how libraries matter to all ages and abilities. We want to live in an America with libraries at the center of community life with educational and entertaining programs and services for people of all ages and walks of life. We also understand that librarians matter to the people they serve. We want an America where everyone can turn to their librarian for resources they need, answers they want, and a more literate and democratic society.
“I support EveryLibrary as a regular part of my charitable giving because I know that my money will be used to get direct high impact results for libraries across America.”
- Christian Zabriskie, Urban Librarians Unite
Make a Contribution today
Please consider making a contribution today through this page. Feel free to give as much or as little as you can, but our fundraising goal for any election cycle is a lofty $250,000 by November. As a 501(c)4 organization and Political Action Committee for libraries, you are allowed to give as much as you like. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the comment box listed below. Thank you for your time, you can make a difference today.
"When I heard about our library bond measure I immediately thought of EveryLibrary. You helped us tell our story the right way. The knowledge, confidence and structure EveryLibrary provided was a big part of our campaign’s success."
– Ed Garcia, Director, Cranston (RI) Public Library, November 8th, 2014 – $1.2 million remodeling Bond