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Memo
 To:      Rally Participants
 From:    ALA Washington Office
 CC:

 Date:    4/29/2010
 Re:      Library Advocacy Day



 Background:

 The American Library Association (ALA) will host the Library Advocacy Day rally starting at 11 a.m.
 June 29, 2010, on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C. This one-time opportunity during ALA
 Annual Conference is a chance for library supporters to join together to demonstrate support for
 libraries and for first-time advocates to get involved. After the rally, which is free and open to the public,
 ALA members will meet with their members of Congress and their staff to talk about the important role
 they play in their communities and how federal issues impact them.

 How to get there:

 There are many convenient ways to get to the rally. Starting at 10:00 a.m., Gale will be providing buses
 from the Convention Center to the rally. Just go to the busing location (where you would take the
 buses to get to the hotels) and the buses will take you from the convention center to Upper Senate
 Park on Capitol Hill. There will be buses to take you back to the convention center after the rally.

 The nearest Metro stop to the rally is Union Station on the “red line.” From Union Station, take the
 main exit and walk south on 1st Ave. NE (towards the Capitol building). If you have any questions,
 there will be volunteers wearing Library Advocacy Day T-shirts along the route to direct you. For more
 specific directions from your hotel to Union Station, or to the Metro station nearest the House of
 Representatives on the south side of the Capitol, “Capitol South” station, please go to
 www.wmata.com. You can also find out more about the Metro fares and other information at their
 website. If you plan on driving to the rally, there is public parking at Union Station for a fee.

 If you plan on taking a cab, please ask them to drop you off at the Upper Senate Park at the corner of
 Constitution Avenue and Delaware Ave. If they need additional information, tell them it’s next to the
 Russell Senate Office Building, and they’ll know where to take you.

 Rally Agenda:

 The rally will last approximately 45 minutes. Gale is also providing free t-shirts for rally participants; if
 you would prefer not to wear a t-shirt, please wear red in solidarity for library advocacy day. At the rally,
 there will be a variety of prominent speakers, so come ready to cheer on libraries! After the rally, every
 participant will be given a card with the key library issues, as well as space for you to write your contact
 information.

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Following the rally, participants who have signed up to attend Congressional meetings will meet with
their Library Advocacy Day state coordinator for their next steps. If you have not signed up for a
meeting with your state coordinator, please feel free to fill out your library issues card and drop it off at
your Senators and Representatives’ office, but be aware that you may not be able to get an impromptu
meeting with your members of Congress or their staff.

Luggage

You will not be able to bring your luggage to the Upper Senate Park on the Capitol Grounds. The bell
desks at your hotel can store your luggage until you are done at the rally.

U.S. Capitol Security

Because security is extremely tight around the U.S. Capitol, the following items are prohibited.

                                  Please do not bring them with you:

    •    Food or Beverages                                          •    Cans or Bottles

    •    Knives (including pocket knives)                           •    Electric stun guns, martial arts
                                                                         weapons or devices
    •    Aerosol containers
                                                                    •    Guns or ammunition (real or toy)
    •    Pointed objects (knitting needles,
         letter openers, etc.)                                      •    Mace/Pepper spray

    •    Any bag larger than 14" wide x                             •    Razors/box cutter
         13" high x 4" deep


Food and Beverage

SirsiDynex will be providing bottles of water at the rally, but no food and beverage will be allowed into
the office buildings. Please be sure to use the receptacles provided and reduce the amount of litter in
the park. Lunch will not be provided at the event.

If you do get hungry, there are several food courts in the area. There are food courts in Union Station,
the Senate Office Buildings, the Capitol Visitor’s Center and the House Office Buildings, as well as a
variety of restaurants within walking distance of the rally.

Bathrooms

There are restrooms located in Union Station, in the Senate and House Office Buildings, and in the
Capitol Visitors’ Center.

Questions?

The ALA Washington Office is hosting a breakout session titled “Library Advocacy Day: What to Know
Before You Go” on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Convention Center. This session will
go over all the basics of the rally and give you time to get the questions you have answered.

There will also be volunteers and staff in the ALA Pavillion who will be able to assist you, so stop by
anytime!




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