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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Please Act Right NOW!

The time is NOW! If you’re a librarian, a library worker, anyone who cares about libraries, does business with a library, or if you depend on your library for accurate information, then your Congressperson needs to hear from you – and at least five more people that you mobilize – TODAY! At least $210 million in federal library funding is on the budget-cutter’s chopping block. Our champions in Congress need your help to save it and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the agency that distributes most of those funds to every state in the country. Everything you need is at ALA’s Legislative Action Center now.

As detailed in the ALA Washington Office blog, the President of the United States effectively proposed eliminating all federal library funding and closing IMLS – the small, respected agency that administers $183 million of those funds through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). He also asked Congress to wipe out $27 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), which school libraries use to buy books and other materials for the nation’s poorest children. But our library champions in Congress have mobilized to fight back and they need your help to succeed.

Today, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ3) wrote to every Member of the House of Representatives asking them to support LSTA, and Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX30), Don Young (R-AK), and Jim McGovern (D-MA2) circulated a similar letter asking support for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Both letters urge their House colleagues to sign letters to the Appropriations Committee supporting library funding. The first so-called “Dear Appropriator” letter asks the Committee to fully fund LSTA in FY 2018 and the second does the same for IAL.

We know from many past funding fights that these Representatives’ requests of their colleagues simply will not be enough. Members of the House need to hear from their constituents before the April 3rd deadline. Please call your Representative and ask them to sign both the LSTA and the IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters our champions have circulated, otherwise the powerful Appropriations Committees will not make LSTA and IAL a priority, dramatically increasing the odds that they will be cut or eliminated next year.

ALA’s Legislative Action Center has everything you need to identify your Member of Congress and to tell him or her by email, tweet or phone to sign the LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters to protect those critical programs in the FY 2018 federal budget.

We MUST save federal library funding and IMLS! If not you and your fellow library lovers, who? If not right now, when? Please, act right now

To read my full statement about the President’s draconian budget proposals, please visit ALA's website.

Julie Todaro, ALA President

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ocee's Namesake Honored

Fulton County District 1 Commissioner Liz Hausmann, the Fulton County Public Works Department and the City of Roswell will dedicate a pavilion on the Johns Creek Environmental Campus (JCEC) to the late Fulton County Commissioner Dr. Robert E. “Bob” Fulton. Dr. Fulton helped develop the campus in collaboration with the City of Roswell and other surrounding communities. The official dedication and ribbon cutting are scheduled to begin Friday, March 24th at 11:00 a.m. at the Johns Creek Environmental Campus; 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road; Alpharetta, GA 30022.

As Commissioner representing several North Fulton County communities, Dr. Fulton worked to bring several major improvements to his district including the construction of two regional libraries, Spruill Oaks and Ocee, transportation improvements, the acquisition of park land, funding for Johns Creek Greenway Park, and Newtown Park.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Voices of Muslim Women

Voices of Muslim Women from the U. S. South 
Film Screening and Public Lecture     
Thursday, March 23. 7:00 p.m. 
Join us, in collaboration with the GSU English Department for a screening of Voices of Muslim Women from the U.S. South. Moroccan born filmmaker Dr. Maha Marouan, associate professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University, explores Muslim culture through the lens of five University of Alabama Muslim students, who must navigate issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and class on a daily basis. Dr. Maha Marouan will lead the film screening and accompanying lecture followed by a post screening question and answer session.  

Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta 30303 

What Book Lovers Lose If...

the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the HumanitiesNational Endowment for the Arts, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting are eliminated. Here are a few of the programs that would shrink or cease to exist. Read the Book Riot article to learn more and find out how to advocate for these organizations.

100 Classics by Women

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Book Riot has compiled a list of 100 must-read classics by women authors for Women's History Month. Here are a few to get you started:

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft 
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
Oh Pioneers by Willa Cather
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf 
Pinjar: The Skeleton and Other Stories by Amrita Pritam
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Turn it Around

Illustrating the Gender Gap
"Illustrating the Gender Gap in Fiction"
An Ohio bookstore has shelved books written by men backwards (spines in) for Women's History Month/International Women's Day. They were surprised to finds less than 40 per cent were written by women.

“If this exercise encourages people (myself included) to ask questions and to improve our habits, I think we have learned something and it is successful,” Logan told HuffPost. “The novels by men will continue to be bought, sold, read and loved, but hopefully the women’s words will gain an extra footing on the shelf.”