Tips and Sample Posts
You can social media to contact your Representative or Senator to ask them to support Minnesota Libraries or use some of the more general tweets below to show the value of Minnesota libraries to your followers and the public. Use the hashtag #MNLibrariesLead.
If you schedule them ahead of time to post during Virtual Library Legislative Week, they will be ready to go!
How to find and contact your Minnesota Senator or Representative
Tips for effective social media
Engagement is much better when a photo is included with the post.
Remember the hashtag so that people following that hashtag get all the tweets for the day #MNLibrariesLead.
Remember to use the @[handle of Rep or Senator] so your legislator receives a notification.
Don’t worry that your post is the same from office to office. It is important to get the @[handle of Rep or Senator] out there and a picture is worth a 1000 words.
If it helps you remember to use the #hashtag, add it first. It does not matter the order of the text.
Schedule tweets ahead of time: How to Schedule Tweets Using Tweetdeck
Suggested posts for Virtual Library Legislative Week 2021:
Follow the hashtag #MNLibrariesLead and retweet the posts of others including:
@[handle of Rep] Please support the library Legacy bill chief authored by Representative Mary Murphy. #MNLibrariesLead
@[handle of Senator] Please support the library Legacy bill chief authored by @SenatorWeber. #MNLibrariesLead
@[handle of Senator] Please support SF1131 for increased funding of $2M for Regional Public Library Systems and a corresponding formula change. #MNLibrariesLead
@[handle of Rep] Please support increased funding of $2M for Regional Public Library Systems and a corresponding formula change, chief authored by @RepWolgamott. #MNLibrariesLead
Thank you Sen. @MaryKunesh9 for supporting school libraries/media centers and librarians/media specialists to support MN students! #MNLibrariesLead
Thank you @RepWolgamott for supporting regional public libraries to support our communities! #MNLibrariesLead
Thank you @Senmarkjohnson for supporting regional public libraries to support our communities! SF1131 #MNLibrariesLead
Thank you @SenatorWeber for supporting high impact arts & cultural heritage (Legacy) programs in public libraries. #MNLibrariesLead
General #MNLibrariesLead posts:
#MNLibrariesLead in welcoming everyone. [insert graphic]
#MNLibrariesLead in providing free and equitable access to arts and cultural heritage programs in our communities. [Insert graphic].
#MNLibrariesLead in engaging and serving our communities through the pandemic, in modified and safe ways! [insert graphic]
#MNLibrariesLead in early literacy development. [Insert graphic]
Libraries provide essential access to vital technology. #MNLibrariesLead [Insert graphic]
In support of school libraries:
School libraries ensure students have access to current, up to date, widely represented books - whether working in-person, hybrid or distance learning. #MNItem #MNLibrariesLead
We cannot be at the Capitol today, but COVID-19 hasn’t stopped School Library Media Specialists from teaching students to conduct research using eLibrary Minnesota databases. We are so thankful these online databases are supported by the Legislature! #MNItem #MNLibrariesLead
"Our school librarians doubled eBook availability to support distance learning. It’s like we’re still using the library, even though we aren’t in-person yet." - South St. Paul #MNItem #MNLibrariesLead
School Libraries continued to support lifelong readers and active learners as they pivoted between in-person, hybrid and the various distance learning models. #MNItem #MNLibrariesLead
Fact vs Fiction - Learning to tell the difference are lessons taught in school libraries. Help to keep our country strong by continuing to support strong digital citizens by funding school libraries and requiring licensed Library Media Specialists. #MNItem #MNLibrariesLead
The pandemic has not gotten in the way of providing reading material - we just shifted our focus to mostly digital. We are readers! What’s the best book that you’ve read this year? #MNItem #MNLibrariesLead
School Libraries provide after school homework help and academic support that is extremely beneficial to student success. Well-funded school libraries are powerful and relevant. #MNItem #MNLibrariesLead
"Our School Library Media Specialists collaborated with IT so students could generate book holds with a single sign-on. This allowed for our media team to provide materials in a safe way." - Bemidji #MNItem #MNLibrariesLead
Students in high-poverty schools are almost twice as likely to graduate when the school library is staffed with a certified school librarian #MNLibrariesLead
Follow-up posts after a Zoom visit:
Good visit with @[handle of Rep or Senator] and favorable response to MLA funding request. #MNLibrariesLead
As always @[handle of Rep or Senator] is a strong library supporter #MNLibrariesLead
Appreciate the support of libraries from @[handle of Rep or Senator] #MNLibrariesLead
Great to be able to talk libraries with our new @[handle of Rep or Senator] for their first Library Legislative Week. #MNLibrariesLead
@[handle of Rep or Senator], we are always happy to be a resource for you & your staff on library issues or other questions. That’s what libraries do! #MNLibrariesLead
Hope you are able to attend [virtual event] @[handle of Rep or Senator]. We would love to show you how Legacy dollars impact our community. #MNLibrariesLead
Had a great discussion with @[handle of Rep or Senator] on how multitype library systems work closely with schools & academic libraries for college/career readiness. #MNLibrariesLead
Talked books, libraries, & the importance of library infrastructure funding with @[handle of Rep or Senator] #MNLibrariesLead
Had great conversation with @[handle of Rep or Senator] about the importance of school libraries. Our academic library friends can tell when 1st year students had a licensed school media specialist in their school. #MNLibrariesLead
So far all @[handle of Rep or Senator] we have chatted with are aware of the value of libraries in their communities. Hope they continue to support state funding for regional library systems. #MNLibrariesLead