Support Your Maryland Libraries
During these tough economic times people are rediscovering the value of their local library. There is an increased need for job search training, Internet and computer access, and safe, family friendly gathering places. At the same time, libraries are facing cuts as states struggle to allocate their resources. Now more than ever your library needs your support.
Where to start
ALA Talking Points: Why Support your Local Library?
The American Library Association helps you make your case with talking points packed with statistics and data.
Add it Up: Libraries Make the Difference
Data and talking points about how libraries help in every stage of youth development and education. Provided by the ALA.
For people who use and love libraries. Keep informed about everything libraries have to offer and get involved in their continued support.
Take Action Now!
American Library Association's Legislative Action Center
Who can be a library advocate? Anyone who cares about America's libraries! These pages make it easy to email Federal legislators to let them know how you feel about your library and to urge their support.
Maryland Library Association's Legislative Action Center
Contacting your state elected officials about library support has never been easier. You can also sign up for the Action E-list to get email alerts when your involvement can be a critical help.
Marylanders: Share Your Story about the Value of Libraries
Send an email to the Governor and other state elected officials.
Get tips on writing or calling your State Legislators, or communicating with Federal elected officials.
Libraries In the News
The Public Library Renaissance
Freakonomics Blog on the New York Times.
The Library - a Recession Sanctuary
The Boston Globe - columnist Derrick Z. Jackson.
Business Brisk at Area Libraries and accompanying graphic
The Washington Post.
In Recession Libraries are Booming
CBS Evening News
Folks are Flocking to the Library, a Cozy Place to Look for a Job
Wall Street Journal
Maryland Public Libraries
Want to support your Maryland library? Find the link to your local library from the list below to learn more.
Central Maryland Public Libraries
Eastern Shore Public Libraries
Western Maryland Public Libraries
Southern Maryland Public Libraries