Thought into Action – Why I Gave to EveryLibrary

When I was President of the California Library Association (and in the few years leading up to that gig), one of the things that I learned from attending library legislative days both in Sacramento and Washington, DC was that until libraries could bring money to the table, we’d continue to be a nice, nostalgic, heart-warming, greater good and woefully underfunded service for most, if not all politicians.

When asked by a librarian in our group in Sacramento why prison guards were receiving so much money from the State and were not facing cuts that were originally threatened, one staffer of a library-loving legislator replied that they have money, we don’t.  Until we can get unions or other supporters backing us financially – or raise it ourselves to have a consistent revenue stream – we’ll have a tough go. It was an eye-opening moment, and one that has made me talk about the idea of a PAC in CA ever since.

Of course, EveryLibrary has turned thought into action, and I appreciate and support your efforts.

-Monique le Conge
Director, Palo Alto City Library and Former California Library Association President

 

ED: Visit http://www.everylibrary.org/what-donors-say/ for more stories by EveryLibrary donors and supporters

 

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  • Since I first ran for Council in the mid-nineties, I have been seeking means for librarians for librarians to be proactive in the political arena. EveryLibrary is the answer to that quest.

    The late Jesse Unruh, a master California politician, said: “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” I’m pleased that so many library leaders support this project. I gave; every library worker who has been frustrated by being forced to remain silent on library issues should join.

    Sue KammSeptember 12, 2012
  • Since I first ran for Council in the mid-nineties, I have been seeking means for librarians for librarians to be proactive in the political arena. EveryLibrary is the answer to that quest.

    The late Jesse Unruh, a master California politician, said: “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” I’m pleased that so many library leaders support this project. I gave; every library worker who has been frustrated by being forced to remain silent on library issues should join.

    Sue KammSeptember 12, 2012

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