‘Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet). I see them do it.’
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The Worst Library Election in the Country is This Saturday | EveryLibrary

Welp.

That’s a quote from Mr. Lindel Toups, chair of the Parish Council in Lafourche, LA, in reference to Mexicans learning English at the Biblioteca Hispana, a Hispanic-language segment of the library system.

THIS is why we need EveryLibrary supporting libraries on the ballot.

Click through to learn more and click here to help now. Click, share, donate—do what you can.

EveryLibrary is already at work making the change we seek happen. In February 2013, we helped the Say Yes for Spokane Libraries committee run a great Get out the Vote campaign to secure a $1.6 million dollar special levy. We invested $4,000 and some consulting time with this local committee. The library itself ran an effective informational campaign as well. These efforts were not coordinated. They did combine to help pass the measure with 66 percent of the vote. We’re in the field now with the Citizens for a New Shorewood-Troy Library in suburban Chicago, campaigning for a $28 million dollar bond to build a new library. It is good to work with this community, training them on how to do door-to-door canvassing, develop their messaging, and build local coalitions. We’re hopeful that they’ll win. As 2013 progresses, we’ll work with several other committees on library issues around the country. It is a proof of concept year for us. Looking ahead to 2014, a significant amount of library funding will be on the ballot. EveryLibrary will be ready to help campaign and win for these libraries.

A Victory in Miami-Dade

As a true testament to the value of advocacy, Miami-Dade County Library board of commissioners met last night and restored funding to the libraries after a large public outcry of library supporters.  These supporters were rallied and led to fight for the cause in part by your generous support.  This support allowed EveryLibrary to activate the citizens of this large Florida County and we want to tell you how it was achieved.

Online Advocacy

While there wasn’t time for an effective on the ground campaign, Everylibrary was able to help Miami-Dade engage the community largely through Ad-Buys on Facebook.   The ads, which you helped to fund, went to activate citizens to Save The Miami-Dade County Library and played out like this.  By targeting 340,000 potential FB users in the county we helped reach 68,675 of them in just 71 hours, which is an incredible rate of return.  Of those reached, 1,849 clicked through to the post and 1,163 did something after clicking.  Many times these links were shared or people went to the call to action website for ways to reach their Commissioners drastically increasing our reach.

This was all done through your support in about 72 hours and this is just one of the ways that EveryLibrary is working to support libraries in crisis.

What happens next?

While the good news is that Miami-Dade will support the library with funds from its reserve for the next year, we need to understand that this is not a sustainable model of library funding.  In fact, unless Miami-Dade overhauls the way it funds and runs the libraries between now and next year, commissioners will have to cut services or hike the property-tax rate in 12 months.  This means that we only won the battle and the next fight will gear up as next year’s budget is developed.  We are going to need your support again.

What can you do?

If you want to support Miami-Dade, we highly encourage you to like their Facebook page and follow the news as things continue to develop.  We will also be reporting on what happens next on the EveryLibrary Facebook page and Twitter stream.

Of course, as always, you can help EveryLibrary fund these fights by contributing, and encouraging your friends, family, and library supporters to contribute to our organization at rally.org/everylibrary

Folks: Voter advocacy costs money! Its a plain and simple fact.  In order to step away from the grassroots advocacy and campaign on behalf of libraries in a very methodical and planned way in order to win our communities votes, we need your help. EveryLibrary invested $4,000 helping Prop 3 pass in Spokane this week. That $4k helped secure 66% of the vote and $1.6 million for that library. And it needs to be replenished. That is a return on investment of 400 times! Can you step-up with $10 or $25 or $100 at www.rally.org/everylibrary to help us fund our next Get Out The Vote for libraries? We’ll put it to work.

EveryLibrary partners with #sxswLAM to raise money for a few Little Free Libraries and LibraryBoxes for SXSWi attendees/residents to enjoy. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to put these unique libraries on the back of Austin’s mobile and extremely visible pedicabs. We’re in a mad dash to the finish line, so please donate today! We appreciate any amount you can provide. Thanks for supporting #sxswLAM in shifting perceptions of libraries at this great conference and helping to put libraries on the map.

I need to raise $500 for EveryLibrary, the first national PAC dedicated to supporting libraries at the ballot. Last time, you helped me raise $1k in less than 24 hours. There’s no contest this time because, let’s face it, there was no contest last time. We rule.

Why do we need EveryLibrary? Because of people like this.

What can EveryLibrary do? Make it happen like that.

How will you be a part of it? $5 or $10 smackers right here.

My sincere thanks for your time, attention, signal boosting and/or incredibly generous donation. Did mention how good you look today?

EveryLibrary is proud to announce our first 10 campaigns for the 2014 election cycle.  With your help, we will provide financial, tactical, and campaign support to 10 library communities on ballots in April, June, August and November 2014. These Elections total at least $39.8 million dollars in stable tax revenue for these libraries.  Please donate today athttp://rally.org/everylibrary to make this happen.

EveryLibrary is fundraising $40,000 to work these first 10 campaigns. We are calling on you, our personal donors, to kick start us with the first $10,000 in funding.  We will put your donation to work immediately engaging voters, training “Vote Yes” teams, and tactically supporting these library ballot measures.  In 2013, for every dollar we spent on a campaign we returned $1,450 to the local community in stable tax money.  As we move into 2014 campaign mode, your donation can be leveraged nearly one thousand times. Our goal is to support 21 campaigns this year.  As more campaigns file, we’re looking forward to announcing those.  It is the funding you provide today at http://rally.org/everylibrary that can make the difference between a win and a loss for these libraries.

See http://everylibrary.org/everylibrary-announces-2014-campaigns/ for the whole story and more about each campaign.  

Help! We really need some money… EveryLibrary needs to raise $40,000 to support our work on our first 10 campaigns of 2014. We are looking for $10,000 in personal donations from our friends, like you. We are also out working hard on corporate donations to fund the rest. Last year, for every dollar you donated we helped secure $1,450 in stable tax money at the ballot box. That means $10 can help us secure $14, 500 in 2014. Every little bit helps. Donate today.

As we prepare for the “Tatas For Libraries” EveryLibrary benefit show, we’ve gotten some inquisitive folks asking why a burlesque show to benefit libraries? There are many reasons, with the most obvious one being that both burlesque shows and libraries are awesome. But burlesque dancers and librarians have something else in common: they both are willing to put everything on the line to fight for their convictions.

Lets look at two iconic individuals: Lydia Thompson and Zoia Horn

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While the origins of burlesque in America are hard to pin down, one of the most commonly cited examples is the British performer Lydia Thompson and her troop of British Blondes.  In September of 1868, Thompson had her American debut performance. Her show included risqué clothing, cross dressing, and satire. The show was in direct violation of current social norms applied to women, which included a “female role bounded by kitchen and nursery, overlaid with piety and purity, and crowned by subservience.”  Thompson’s show caused an anti-burlesque hysteria which came to a head in 1870, when the Blondes came to Chicago and were met with a scathing and malicious attack in The Chicago Tribune, calling them whores and recommending that they be driven from the city. True to form, Thompson refused to act the lady and was arrested and fined for inflicting violence against the writer of the story. She literally whipped the fellow with a horse whip. Of course, violence should never be condoned, but the media was trying to silence a woman who was turning the patriarchy on its head, and since no one came to her aid, Thompson defended herself.

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Let’s fast forward a century: In 1972 Zoia Horn became the first librarian ever jailed as a matter of conscience by refusing to testify against antiwar activists accused of a bizarre terrorist plot. She spent 20 days in jail for refusing to give information about her library patrons to the FBI and then subsequently refusing to testify before a grand jury. She believed that libraries were the foundation of democracy and that “People couldn’t make intelligent decisions about how to govern themselves and make choices regarding social and political and economic issues unless they had the information.”

Where Thompson acted out, Horn did nothing. Both were incredibly brave.

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And now is your opportunity to support both — brave artists and brave librarians! Saturday, September 20th, at 8:00pm at the Norse Hall in Portland, OR, Tart Cabaret will Present ‘Tatas for Libraries” a variety show with music, comedy poetry readings and traditional burlesque performers! Tickets support EveryLibrary, the first national PAC for libraries. EveryLibrary is an organization that helps secure funding for libraries at the ballot box and believes that ny library campaign anywhere should matter to every library everywhere.

Pre-sale tickets are $20 and get preferred seating and a free ticket for the door prize. Buy your tickets here!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Libraries & Librarians as Major Players in Tech at SXSWi Library Technology Leaders Travel to SXSWi to Showcase Trends hosted by Innovative AUSTIN (February 5, 2014) Representatives from the library industry’s leading organizations and associations are…Read more ›

Librarians are at the center of the business development matrix in this country.  We’re helping to show off several at SXSW this week who are doing great things for starters, entrepreneurs, hackers, and creators. Libraries are relevant.  EveryLibrary is telling that story in new places.  Voters vote for who they know and trust.  We’re reacquainting the biz dev community with us. 

Join EveryLibrary and our co-hosts Mango Languages and Treehouse for the ALA14 After-Hours Party on Saturday night, June 28th from 9p - 2am at The Arts Factory in Las Vegas. 

Open bar and DJ courtesy of Treehouse and Mango. Bring your badge! More fun to be announced. 

The Arts Factory is conveniently located between the new strip and the old strip in the thriving Las Vegas Arts District. It’s public transportation and cab friendly. Donations for EveryLibrary are most welcome at the door. 

Arts Factory Las Vegas
107 E Charleston Blvd. 
Las Vegas, NV 89104

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EveryLibrary campaigns went 3 for 3 yesterday with wins in Sacramento, South Lake Tahoe, and Georgetown California.  These three Parcel Tax Measures are foundational to these libraries ability to serve the public.  We helped - with your donations in support - as a trainer, coach, consultant and funder on these campaigns.  It’s nearly $8.5 million in stable tax funding you helped secure.  Thank you for that help. And congratulations to each of these library communities on amazing wins.  Give it a Like. They deserve it. 

More details on our weekly Lib Politics Rodeo.

I had a bad experience this week. I went to my local public library. No one greeted me positively (with, Dewey forbid, a smile), asked if I needed help,&Read more ›

Senior Advisor to EveryLibrary JP Porcaro breaks through the clutter around the recent Slate.com piece “This is What a Librarian Looks Like" on our blog.  He’s featured in the photo essay and has a first-person perspective on it.

EveryLibrary today announces that we are backing the work of the Hot Springs, MT. ballot measure committee “The Library Revitalization Project” as they campaign for an August 13th, 2013 library election. Voters in Hot Springs are being asked to authorize a levy lift for the Preston Hot Springs Town County Library that would increase library funding by 12.36 mils, or $200,000.  This new funding will allow the library to maintain services and staff in the face of budget cuts.  EveryLibrary is supporting the committee’s work with a $1,000.00 campaign donation to conduct voter outreach and Get Out the Vote work to several communities around the Flathead served by the library.  We are also providing consultancy on the committee’s messaging, voter data analysis, and other campaign support.

“The library in Hot Springs is a community center, an educational partner, and a retail anchor in this area”, says John Chrastka, EveryLibrary’s Executive Director. “Taking a message to voters and residents across such a wide geographic region takes resources.  We are happy to help fund the committee’s work.” If passed on August 13th, this authority would provide much needed stability to the library’s funding resource and allow them to continue to grow their technology services, programs, and collections for all ages.

“The Library Revitalization Project” Committee is locally organized as a ballot measure committee organized under Montana law. EveryLibrary is a politically active national organization dedicated to supporting local library ballot measures through capacity building, direct funding, and campaign consultancy. More about EveryLibrary can be found at www.everylibrary.org.

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