For the first time in two years, we are excited to announce that we are back for an in-person Library Advocacy Day at the Capitol!
Registration is $30.00 per person, and lunch is included in the cost.
Registration is required and can be completed here: https://molib.wildapricot.org/event-5069146
The Welcome and Orientation will be on Tuesday, February 7 from 9:30am to 12pm with legislator visits that same day from 1 pm – 5 pm.
Don’t forget to set up your appointments with your senators and representatives! If you are not sure who you senator or representative is or if you need to find contact information, use these links:
Missouri Senators – http://www.senate.mo.gov/
Missouri Representatives –http://www.house.mo.gov/sitemap.aspx?pid=16
Talking points– coming soon!
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.
Materials for Download:
2023-MLA-Legislative-Priorities.pdf – make sure you are familiar with these.
Talking points – coming soon!
Questions? Contact Cody Croan, MLA Legislative Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org