On Jan. 4,
2011, I posted a petition on the White House website requesting support
and recognition by including school library programs in the
reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
expected this year.
We now have until Feb. 4, 2011, to get 25,000 signatures in order for
the petition to reach the Obama administration. This is where I
need your help: If every AASL member can convince just 5 people
to sign the petition, we would achieve well over 40,000 signatures! I want
to challenge you to find those 5 people and get them to sign!
We need more than the school library community to sign. Teachers,
parents, students, community members, and family friends are all
encouraged to sign the petition. Anyone over the age of 13 is
qualified to sign. This is a perfect opportunity to spread the
word about school libraries by asking them to sign the petition.
We can’t wait or assume someone else is going to do this for us.
We have to take action for our programs and for the needs of our students.
This petition will help raise awareness to the White House that our
country values school library programs.
You will need to create an account in order to sign the petition.
After you have signed, then please begin to share it with others.
Post it online, on blogs, on Twitter, and Facebook. Please use
all your communication methods to help get the word out.