Follett announced today it is partnering with EveryLibrary, a Chicago-based political action committee dedicated to advocating for libraries and librarians at the state level. The Follett-EveryLibrary partnership will initially focus its work with school library associations in six states: Illinois, Washington, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida, and Mississippi.
The goals will be focused to bring back school librarians to schools and expand funding equitably across schools and districts. Follett’s support of the initiative will allow EveryLibrary to execute outreach and activism in the targeted states, and help bring attention to pending bills in state legislatures, such as Pennsylvania and Nevada, which are calling for more librarians in each school.
The partnership will also help school library associations—most notably in Florida, Washington and Illinois—to address ongoing cuts that state budget choices are forcing on schools and districts.