Speak Up! Speak Out! Speak For Libraries!


12-18-2017: NH Attorney General Gordon MacDonald issues a letter to the four NH Members of Congress that New Hampshire will not be joining lawsuit. READ LETTER 
The FCC voted 3-2 on Thursday, December 14, 2017, to roll back the net neutrality guidelines, effectively granting ISPs (Internet Service Providers) the rights to meter or censure content. A movement is growing in reaction in several states to contest this action in court, and New Hampshire—we of the Live Free or Die state—can be the next state to join the lawsuit to restore net neutrality.
The effort in this state is being led by the New Hampshire Library Association, and particularly by its Advocacy Committee. It is an effort that deserves Trustees' and Friends' support. You can participate by calling the Office of the Attorney General at 603-271-3658 or by email attorneygeneral@doj.nh.gov. They are taking a tally to see where public opinion lies on this issue.
If you believe that it is important for libraries to be able to continue providing unrestricted quality digital information to their patrons, please contact the office immediately and let them know. The more people who call, the better are the chances that New Hampshire will join the other states in seeking to overturn this ruling.
Don't delay—act now!


You can contact representatives by email, fax, phone or letter at the contacts below.




Calculate the Value of Your Library (from the ALA "I Love Libraries Initiative)

"Libraries change lives and are essential to a democratic society." 
ALA Declaration for the Right to Libraries  PDF Document and PDF Poster 

NH Supreme Court decision re: librarian is employee of Library, not the Town 
Littleton vs Taylor

The Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library http://www.ala.org/offices/olos/toolkits/rural
NHLTA Legislative Advocacy Guide: a handbook of information and tips on the process of establishing advocacy positions.
NHLTA Legislative Advocacy Guide
How a Bill Becomes a Law Information: How a Bill Becomes a Law.
NH State Government Website: http://www.nh.gov/nhinfo/bills.html.
How to Find Your Legislator: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/housemembers.html
American Library Association's Advocacy (ALA) section: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/

Grass Roots Advocacy in Action! 

Peterborough Library at the Polls
The Peterborough Town Library set up informational tables at the polls. The goal of the project was to increase visibility of library programs and services, as well as sign up residents for library cards. Director Corinne Chronopoulos said "We signed up 23 residents for library cards and had plenty of conversations about services and programs."
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Howe Library, Hanover, celebrates the year in a letter to the editor. Reach out to your community using this easy effective method and advocate for YOUR library. Our thanks to Library Director Mary White for sharing her suggestions and letter.