Special Events for Your Library


You're invited to attend TN Library Legislative Day on March 12, 2019

Reserve your spot now and enjoy a great day of meeting TN Legislators, State Library updates from Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, professional networking, and a fantastic keynote address from Jim Neal, Past ALA president. As an added opportunity to talk with your legislators, we're hosting a Lawmakers & Librarians coffee on the 8th floor of the Cordell Hull Building! Registration is $35. 

Registration Deadline is March 4th! 

Make the most of your Legislative Day by setting up meetings with your Representatives! Find your State Officials here. If you do not know what voting district you are in, you can find out here

You are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to bring information about your own library and its contributions to your community. Please share the registration link with other librarians, Friends groups, teachers, storytime parents, and anyone else who is a library advocate! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. 

Legislative Day, 2019 Agenda: 

8 AM - 10 AM Cordell Hull Room Coffee with Legislators (Registration after @ NPL)

10 AM - 11 AM NPL:  Registration and Legislation Office Visits

11 AM - 11:30 NPL Auditorium:  Welcome and TN Secretary of State Message

11:30 AM-Noon NPL Auditorium: Messages from TSLA, TASL, FOTL, and TLA

12:15 PM - 1 PM Lunch / Speaker:  Jim Neal, ALA Past President

1 PM    Adjourn to more Legislative Office Visit


What do you need to do?

1. Register

2. Make appointments now to visit with your legislators ( in the morning or afternoon of March 12th. If you don't know your legislators, visit the TN General Assembly's website to find them and their contact information.  If you do not know what voting district you are in, you can find out here

3. During the Breakfast/ Meet & Greet time in the Cordell Hull Building, look for Lindsey Kimery, Jennifer Sharp, or Blake Hopper, and we'll brief you on what to cover. 


How do the meetings work?

You'll slip out from our general meeting, either during the time we're at Cordell Hull, or during our session at Nashville Public Library and head to your appointment. Allow extra time because you will have to go through security each time you enter the legislative offices. Last year, we entered the Cordell Hull building at 5th Ave, across from Municipal Auditorium. We'll update this info if it changes. You are welcome to ask a librarian to accompany you. 

Your meeting will be 15 minutes or less. TLA will provide you with a bag and informational handouts to give them, but you are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to bring information about your own library and its contributions to your community. TASL is asking Governor Lee to appoint a State Coordinator of School Libraries to the Department of Education. You will have a handout with that information and data from TASL to share. The bookmark winners from this year will also be in the bag. You are welcome to take a picture with your legislator afterwards and please consider posting to social media, tagging TASL and #TASLchat and #TNLLD19.



- The Nashville Public Library has parking; you can walk (10-15 min walk) to the legislative offices (or Lyft or Uber)

- Music City Center Garage: 400 Charlotte, 37219 (near the Cordell Hull building)


Please help share the registration link with other librarians in your district and even with your administrators! Anyone who is an advocate for libraries is welcome to attend.  

Questions? Email Lindsey Kimery: [email protected]


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Tools You Can Use to Advocate for School Library Programs



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AASL has resources to help you understand exactly what it means for school library programs:


Looking for a tool to quickly and effectively show the impact made by your library?


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Everyday Advocacy


Advocacy isn't only about contacting legislators and policy makers.  It's about being sure that all stakeholders know just how valuable a strong school library program is.  Here are some tools to help with your Everyday Advocacy efforts.

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