[library-media] Fw: White House Petition - Signatures Needed NOW!

sharyl smith sharylsmith at att.net
Tue Jan 24 12:37:39 MST 2012


Please sign the White House petition for School Libraries!! 
This is a follow-up to Georgia Loutensock's and Anne Diekema's emails asking all 
of us to sign the petition. Nationally, as of today, we are just about 
half-way to getting enough signatures.

Follow the link below.

If we don't care, who will?

Sharyl Smith

Dr. Sharyl G. Smith

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From: American Association of School Librarians <aasl at ala.org>
To: Sharyl <sharylsmith at att.net>
Sent: Mon, January 9, 2012 2:04:36 PM
Subject: White House Petition - Signatures Needed NOW!

The mission of the American Association of School Librarians is to advocate 
excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library field. 
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Dear Sharyl,

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 

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 

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.

The link to the petition is here: 

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.

Thank you for your support of the petition!


Carl A Harvey II
AASL President 2011-2012
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