Chicago (June 2, 2015) – EveryLibrary, the first national political action committee for libraries, is pleased to announce the launch of VoteLibraries, a new campaign to give libraries the resources needed to advocate for themselves in their communities. Created through a partnership with the Creative Action Network (CAN) and funded by partners including Mango Languages, this campaign will provide libraries with a new, dedicated set of advocacy and outreach tools online for campaign success.
VoteLibraries is the first and only library advocacy site focused on local library funding campaigns, whether at the ballot box or through town/city/county negotiations. It includes an extensive set of campaign and outreach tools while providing a comprehensive industry-wide call to action for funding at local, state, and national levels. The campaign’s website, www.votelibraries.org, features extensive tools for voter outreach and constituent engagement as well as new, high-quality art and design from the Creative Action Network (CAN) for free use by libraries across the country. VoteLibraries.org also provides an easy pathway for library campaigns and other local stakeholders to access support directly from EveryLibrary.
“In our work promoting libraries and their services across America, we’ve come to understand the need to empower libraries with the resources they need to advocate for themselves and their interests,” says John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary. “VoteLibraries is our solution to connect and equip libraries with the tools to do just that.”
The leading provider of language-learning software in the library market, Mango Languages was an early supporter of EveryLibrary and continues to be a partner and champion of innovation in public and academic libraries. Their status as launch partner adds funding capacity to the project throughout 2015 and follows on their support for EveryLibrary’s early campaign work, including the Rapid Response Fund.
“We are so happy to support the VoteLibraries campaign and the great work EveryLibrary is doing for libraries across the nation,” says Robert Thayer, Director, Public Library Division at Mango Languages. “At Mango, we’ve seen firsthand the impact that awesome library innovation has on communities. We can’t wait to help boost the profile of libraries as centers of learning in their communities.”
EveryLibrary is the first national political action committee for libraries. Since its founding in September 2012, EveryLibrary has successfully helped 21 library communities campaign and win stable tax revenue at elections, securing over $55.4 million in operating and building funds. EveryLibrary is donor supported by individuals, library vendors, and unions who believe as we do that “Any library ballot measure anywhere matters to every library everywhere”.
About the Creative Action Network
Creative Action Network (CAN) is a global community of artists and designers, harnessing their talents for good. CAN runs crowdsourced campaigns around causes where anyone and everyone is welcome to contribute their own original, visual, meaningful work. CAN campaigns are not contests and everyone to participate. Designers are produced into , prints, apparel, and other merchandise here in the U.S.A., and sold online to support the artists. CAN has partnered with organizations like Patagonia, Bleacher Report, National Parks Conservation Association, DailyLit, and the New York Public Library, to put artists to work telling stories that matter.
About Mango Languages
Founded in 2007, Mango Languages is the leading provider of language learning resources in North American libraries. Mango is privately owned and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich. Guided by its core purpose to enrich lives with language and culture, Mango Languages creates lovable language-learning experiences for libraries, schools, corporations, government agencies and individuals. To learn more about the company, its innovative products and the dynamic Mangos who make it happen, visit MangoLanguages.com.
Contact: John Chrastka
Executive Director, EveryLibrary