Saturday, April 23, 2011

Passing the Library Vote Campaign Information

If you are interested in helping the library work to pass its budget, below are some ways you can get involved.

  1. Phone banking: Our voter ID effort starts next week. We’ll be at Citizen Action, 94 Central Ave., Albany (Monday-Thursday, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.) and the CSEA Regional Office, 1 Lear Jet Lane, Latham (Monday-Wednesday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.). We need people to fill the seats. If you’re willing to do some voter ID, contact Will Takach, the campaign’s phone bank coordinator at or 465-8646,
  2. House Parties: A number of people have already signed up to do informal house parties (no fundraising involved) to bring their friends and neighbors together to talk about the Library and the need to pass the budget. If you’re interested in hosting a party, please contact Joan Weiss, the campaign’s house party coordinator at 281-6037.
  3. Business Community Outreach: We’re looking to garner support from the businesses near the Main Library and the Arbor Hill/West Hill, Pine Hills, Delaware Ave and New Scotland Ave branches. If you know of business owners in these areas or folks involved in any of the BIDS or Merchant’s Associations, please get back to me and I’ll forward the information to the volunteers who are reaching out to these important supporters.
  4. Tracking Blogs/Talk 1300/Letters to the Editor: This is a job for each of us to do. I’ll be sending out Rapid Response messages to all of you when action is needed. By the way, there’s a profile of Fred Dicker in today’s NY Times. His mother used to work at a library. Click here<;nl=nyregion&amp;emc=ura1>  if you’d like to read the article.
  5. Supporter Petition: This, too, is something we can all do. Attached is our petition. Please circulate this and get as many people to sign up as possible. You can either fax me the sheets at 438-2120 or you can go online to <>  and add their names at the site. If you haven’t already signed up at the site please do and then send a message to our local elected officials. 

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