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National Library Legislative Day

On May 7th and 8th, I had the privilege of visiting Washington, D.C. to advocate for libraries. Since 1976, library representatives from across the country have traveled to DC to meet with their Senators and Representatives and talk about the importance of libraries.

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Library Funding in Jeopardy

MO Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft, says that libraries “expand opportunity and unleash potential” in their communities. This year, funding for Missouri libraries faces deep cuts at both the state and federal levels. State funding, through the state library, and federal funding, through the IMLS, helps libraries provide adequate internet connections, materials, and many other services that our communities need.

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Snapshot Day at the Library

We recently participated in a state-wide project to record and document a typical day in the life of a public library. On that day, library staff members made a special effort to take pictures of anything and everything going on in the library. Our staff took photos of many typical activities – patrons using the wireless internet, children making crafts, a group discussing a book, staff behind the circulation desk, a library courier sorting books in the garage – and posted it all on Facebook with the hashtag #molibraries.

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