NATIONAL ISSUES



Advocacy Alert: Library funding is at stake for 2021
Urge Congress to Fund Libraries




For a fourth consecutive year, the White House budget proposal for FY21 eliminates federal funding for libraries.

The majority of this funding is provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which provides more than $189.3 million for libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The budget proposal also cuts $27 million from the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program, which helps school libraries serve students in the most vulnerable communities across America.

Read about IMLS and the importance of LSTA funding to NH Libraries HERE.

READ more at the ALA (American Library Association) website and CONTACT you legislator today.

Contact information for NH legislators below.
 

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
You can contact your representatives by email, fax, phone or letter at the contacts below.

Chris Pappas (1st District) https://pappas.house.gov/contact 
Ann McLane Kuster (2nd District) http://kuster.house.gov/contact
Maggie Hassan https://www.hassan.senate.gov/
Jeanne Shaheen https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/  
 

2020 Federal Budget and IMLS Funding


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IMLS Receives $10 Million Increase in FY2020
Largest increase for LSTA in 12 years


Thank your representatives today!
 
Congress appropriated $252 million for IMLS, including a $6.2 million increase dedicated to LSTA. Highlights from the $195.4 million for LSTA include:
  • $166.8 million for LSTA Grants to States ($160.8 million in FY2019)
  • $5.3 million for LSTA Native American Library Services ($5.1 million in FY2019)
  • $10 million for LSTA Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grants ($10 million in FY2019)
  • $13.4 million for LSTA National Leadership for Libraries ($13.4 million in FY2019)