What Our Campaigns Say

mcpl-proposed-branch-expansions-aug-2016“EveryLibrary provided Mid-Continent Public Library with an extraordinarily valuable service. Coming off of our 50th Anniversary and a National Medal, we believed we had a good public standing, but the Library hadn’t been before the voters in almost three decades. EveryLibrary provided assurance that we would do things the right way and we would use our recent successes to build a solid and successful campaign. The expertise they provide on how to run an ethical and effective informational campaign was pivotal for us in getting out into our community and providing facts about what the future looks like with and without our levy increase. Every Library also helped a citizen led “Yes” Committee form, grow, and then thrive. On a personal level, I am more sane today because EveryLibrary helped keep us grounded and focused throughout a process that provides plenty of opportunity for distraction and despair. Thank you to the EveryLibrary team, on behalf of MCPL and the hundreds of thousands of Library users who will benefit from this successful campaign.”
Jim Staley, Community Relations and Planning Director, Mid-Continent Public Library (MO) – November 2016 levy win


“EveryLibrary provided our staff, managers, board and my marketing department with training to guide our informational campaign. EveryLibrary also provided training and ongoing support to a new citizen’s group in our community that raised tens of thousands of dollars to fund a separate persuasive campaign. It was priceless to have support from EveryLibrary on both campaigns so that staff members never felt they were crossing a line with our informational campaign in order to liaise with the community group. EveryLibrary played that role for us, and more – with excellence – for free. I can’t say ‘Thank You’ enough for their support.”
– Sara DeVries, Community Relations Manager, Herrick District Library (Holland, MI) – August 2016 levy win


yes-on-a-graphic-nevada-county-library-nov-2016“I am so grateful for the help and support my library system received from EveryLibrary. You helped us to keep on track with what to focus on at various times leading up to the election, plus gave us excellent advice at various junctures based on your broad experience with, and understanding of, library ballot initiatives. Surely there are some library directors who really thrive on politics and campaigning, but I’m willing to venture that many more are like me: I’m a librarian because I love libraries, I’m a director because I can manage a department and can passionately advocate for libraries, but I’m not a politician. I feel out of my element when it comes to larger political initiatives with so much at stake. EveryLibrary helped me to bridge that gap and feel more confident in the decisions I was making. Thank you so very much.”
Laura Pappani, Director, Nevada County (CA) Community Library – November 2016 Win


Yes for Moniteau County Library Sign 16 March 16“Since the inception of our campaign in the fall of 2015, Every library has provided critical support both financially and with information to help us make this campaign successful. There have been some unusual challenges along the way but you have provided us an excellent road map to keep us moving forward and staying on course. It was always reassuring to draw on your experience from other communities when we changed directions in the campaign. We appreciate the time you spent with the committee on the phone and through emails in planning the campaign and sharing your technical expertise.”
Bill Boies, Chair of the Vote Yes Committee for Moniteau County Libraries – April 2016 levy win


“Thanks to you for your time and expertise. I went back to my notes from your visit more times than I can count. We didn’t execute perfectly by any means. But without your counsel, we would have either been completely lost or we would have been pushed into a campaign we weren’t proud of. Today we not only savor victory, but our dignity and institutional honor are intact.”
Mary Gail Coffee, Director of Community Relations, Winter Park Public Library – March 2016 bond measure win


“On behalf of the Millbrook Library Board of Trustees and Staff, thank you for the support and guidance you provided US during the 414 campaign. Having no prior experience with the 414 process, we relied heavily on the advice you provided. Your insights expertise were invaluable as we navigated this process.  We are so pleased by the outcome, particularly, that we received almost 71% of the vote! The library board and staff look forward to continuing our mission of providing our community with a vibrant, life-long learning center. Thank you for your assistance in making that happen!”
Margot Peter, Treasurer, and Kerry Weller, President, Board of Trustees, The Millbrook Library  – August 2015 budget vote win


“WiSMDCLP Coalition Logoth the guidance provided by EveryLibrary, the Coalition to Save Our Libraries in Miami-Dade County was born, resulting in a grassroots effort that ended four years of consecutive and crippling budget reductions; closed a $30 million budget shortfall; prevented further layoffs; provided a slight funding increase for new materials, programs, technology upgrades and expanded operating hours at some locations; and created a solid foundation upon which to build.  Without the support of EveryLibrary, none of this would have been possible.  Thank you for the assistance, direction, and input you provided during our advocacy efforts to support the Miami-Dade County Public Library System.”
John Quick, President (2013-2014), Friends of the Miami-Dade County Libraries – Co-Chair of Coalition to Save Our Libraries


Yes on L signsYour early donation was extremely important.  It not only provided us with important seed money but also set an example of supporting the measure in our communities.  EveryLibrary’s phone calls and emails throughout the campaign were very helpful, and I always knew you were quickly available to answer the numerous questions I had.  As a result of the choice [EveryLibrary] made to support us with advice and money, and the support of so many people and voters, South Lake Tahoe is now assured of a fully staffed, high quality public library open five days a week.”
– Kay Henderson, Chair, Committee for the South Lake Tahoe Library – Measure L (CA) June 5, 2014, $425,000 Parcel Tax


“When I heard about our library bond measure I immediately thought of EveryLibrary. You helped us tell our story the right way. The knowledge, confidence and structure EveryLibrary provided was a big part of our campaign’s success.”
Ed Garcia, Director, Cranston (RI) Public Library, November 8th, 2014 – $1.2 million remodeling Bond


Yes for KDL - 5 August 14“The Citizens for Kent District Library thank EveryLibrary for supporting our successful millage campaign on August 5, 2014.  EveryLibrary was our link to campaign best practices, providing us with practical advice on launching a campaign website and social media to engage voters, and acted as a sounding board on campaign do’s and don’ts.  We appreciate EveryLibrary’s donation as well. We used it to help cover costs for yard signs to remind residents to Vote YES. AND THEY DID! ”
– Pamela VanderPloeg, Citizens for Kent District Library (MI) August 5th, 2014 levy renewal at $20.6 million


“Thank you for all your assistance with the campaign. Scenic Regional appreciates your support. The Facebook campaign was great and was something that we wouldn’t have done without your help (or to that scale). With as close as the election was in Franklin County, it was probably a difference maker.”
– Steven Campbell, Director, Scenic Regional Library (MO) April 8th, 2014 new $1.6 mil levy


Yes to Libraries Yes to Monroeville

“Thanks to EveryLibrary’s generous donation, Yes to Libraries, Yes to Monroeville had the opportunity to amplify the story of the Monroeville Public Library. The donation enabled the committee to peel back the community’s misconception of libraries being obsolete. Although, the overall outcome was not in our favor, I believe a new conversation emerged of how much the Monroeville Public Library provides to its community through its wealth of programs, book selection, and knowledgeable staff. The EveryLibrary donation helped breathe new life into our voter conversations, during a time when our initiative needed it most. We are so grateful for EveryLibrary’s dedication to the Monroeville Public Library and libraries across our nation.”
– Terrina Gogue, Campaign Manager, Yes to Monroeville. May 25th, 2014.


“EveryLibrary is an organization that is truly making a difference for libraries and for those who depend on them.”
Pat Partovi, former Director, Spokane (WA) Public Library. February 5, 2013 measure to add $1.6 mil per year for 5 years


“I am so unbelievably grateful for the help and support I was given by EveryLibrary. They got the word out at such a crucial point in the election, which is why our fight went national and then international.”
–  Laura Sanders, Director, Lafourche Parish (LA) Public Library system. November 17, 2013 measure to defund part of the library millage