Directions to the Rally
The American Library Association (ALA) will host the Library Advocacy Day rally at 11 a.m. June 29, 2010, on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C. This one-time opportunity during ALA’s Annual 2010 Conference is a chance for library supporters to demonstrate support for libraries and for first-time advocates to get involved in library advocacy. After the rally, which is free and open to the public, ALA members will meet with members of Congress and staff to talk about the vital role libraries play in their communities and the federal issues that can help or hinder the library’s ability to serve its community, especially the importance of federal funding.
How to get there:
From the Walter E. Washington Convention Center: Starting at 10 a.m., Gale Cengage Learning will provide buses from the Convention Center to the rally departing from the busing location (where participants would take the buses to get to the hotels). After the rally, buses will take those who are not attending meetings back to the Convention Center.
Via the Metro:
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.
Via Car or Taxi:
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 Avenue. If they need additional information, tell them it’s next to the Russell Senate Office Building, and they’ll know where to take you.
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 to identify yourself as a constituent.
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.
You will not be allowed to bring your luggage to the Upper Senate Park on the Capitol Grounds. Your hotel should be able to store your luggage until you return from the rally.
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 (see list of restricted items below). 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. There are several food courts in the area. One is at Union Station. There are other cafeterias in Senate Office Buildings, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and the House Office Buildings, as well as a variety of restaurants within walking distance of the rally.
U.S. Capitol Security
The following items are prohibited in U.S. Capitol grounds. Please do not bring them with you:
• Food or Beverages • Knives (including pocket knives) • Aerosol containers • Pointed objects (knitting needles, letter openers, etc.) • Any bag larger than 14" wide x 13" high x 4" deep • Cans or Bottles • Electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices • Guns or ammunition (real or toy) • Mace/Pepper spray • Razors/box cutter
There are restrooms located in Union Station, in the Senate and House Office Buildings, and in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.
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 ask questions.
There will also be volunteers and staff in the ALA Membership Pavilion who will be able to assist you, so stop by anytime!
Visit http://www.ala.org/lad for more details and to register for this free event.