Building relationships with legislators and local elected officials over time reaps support for and raises awareness of Arizona libraries. Inviting local decision makers to our libraries for informal conversations is an effective and fun way to share the important role libraries play for Arizona community members.
The AzLA Legislative Toolkit: Meet Me at the Library is designed to offer Arizona librarians a variety of options on how to engage with elected officials IN your libraries.The AzLA Legislative Committee encourages libraries across the state to:
• Host legislative events or meetings in their libraries or in their region • Make connections by having conversations with decision makers • Showcase the important ways libraries are meeting the needs of their constituents.
The toolkit includes ideas on how to plan these events or meetings, contact information for public officials, scripts to follow, and information on library issues.