Ways to Take Action for Public School Libraries in Philadelphia
WePAC and the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools is forming a steering committee to advocate for school libraries with certified teacher librarians in all Philadelphia schools. How to get involved:
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest and/or apply to join the steering committee.
Contact the Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia to explain why having a functioning school library with a full-time certified teacher librarian matters to you and ask the Board to prioritize funding libraries and librarians in District-operated schools.
Send an email to email@example.com. Emails should include the subject line “Board Comments,” the name of the individual submitting the comments, and the individual’s home address.
Register to speak at a monthly Board meeting here.
Mail a letter to the Board at: The School District of Philadelphia, 440 N. Broad Street, Suite 101, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Contact your Philadelphia City Council member to ask them to prioritize funding libraries and librarians.
Find out who your City Councilperson is and how to contact them here.
Contact your State Senators and Representatives to encourage them to require all public schools to have certified teacher librarians with functioning libraries and to provide adequate funding for such a requirement.
Ask your State Representative to support House Bill 1168 known as the “One Certified Librarian Per Public School” bill.
Ask your State Senator to support Senate Bill 964 known as the “Keep Certified Librarians in Public Schools” bill.
Find out who your State Senators and Representatives are and how to contact them here.