Advocate for Your Library
Libraries are . . . essential to the functioning of a democratic society . . .libraries are the great symbols of the freedom of the mind. — Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democracies need libraries. An informed public constitutes the very foundation of a democracy; after all, democracies are about discourse—discourse among the people. If a free society is to survive, it must ensure the preservation of its records and provide free and open access to this information to all its citizens. It must ensure that citizens have the resources to develop the information literacy skills necessary to participate in the democratic process. It must allow unfettered dialogue and guarantee freedom of expression. All of this is done in our libraries, the cornerstone of democracy in our communities.
Libraries are for everyone, everywhere. They provide safe spaces for public dialogue. They disseminate information so the public can participate in the processes of governance. They provide access to government information so that the public can monitor the work of its elected officials and benefit from the data collected and disseminated by public policy makers. They serve as gathering places for the community to share interests and concerns. They provide opportunities for citizens to develop the skills needed to gain access to information of all kinds and to put information to effective use.
Ultimately, discourse among informed citizens assures civil society. In the United States, libraries have greeted the self-determination of succeeding waves of immigrants by offering safe havens and equal access to learning. They continue this mission today. Indeed, libraries ensure the freedom to read, to view, to speak and to participate. They are the cornerstone of democracy.
Source: American Library Association
Bedford Hills Free Library is a member of the following service organizations that provide advocacy and support for libraries:
Be an advocate for libraries by writing to your elected officials, joining us for advocacy days in Albany, New York and Washington DC, and thanking our local legislators for supporting your home library.
The Town Board functions as the legislative body of the Town and is responsible for the “health, safety and welfare” of its residents. Town of Bedford Supervisor is Chris Burdick firstname.lastname@example.org. Board members include Lee Roberts, Deputy Supervisor, Mary Ann Carr, and Don B. Scott.
State Senator George S. Latimer (D, Dist. 37)
222 Grace Church Street, Suite 300, Port Chester, NY 10573; 914.934.5250
Assemblyman David Buchwald (D, Dist. 93)
125-131 East Main Street, Suite 204, Mount Kisco, NY 10549; 914.244.4450
Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-IN-L)
email@example.com; 780 Third Avenue, Suite 2301, New York, NY 10017; 212.486.4430
Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D)
780 Third Avenue, Suite 2601, New York, NY 10017; 212.688.6262
Representative Sean P. Maloney (D, Dist. 18)
123 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550; 845.561.1259