No board member should feel nervous about contacting their elected officials about the library they represent. Advocating for the needs of the library and community is part and parcel of a board member's appointment.
Nevertheless, many feel apprehensive about doing this part of the job and may wait until it's too late to begin a dialog with the people who control local finances and state aid appropriations, if they start at all.
The only way to avoid being too late is to consider every day "library advocacy day" and to take or make every opportunity to speak with your elected officials about all the good work your library is doing and ask for greater support.
Stay tuned for APLS' 2020 call to action!
The Alabama Legislature maintains a Capwiz, which makes it easy for constituents to find contact information for elected officials based on address information. Input your address/city OR your ZIP code +4 to find out who represents you in the state house and senate and how to contact them.
Please note there is a search tool for local elected officials' information too. Select "Search Local Government" under "Policy Tools" or click here to find contact information for your local elected officials.