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TN Library Legislative Day - Nashville Public Library
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TN Library Legislative Day - Nashville Public Library

Join librarians and library friends from across the state for a day of advocating for Tennessee libraries!

When: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7:30 AM
Where: United States
Contact: Lindsey Kimery

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Online registration is now closed, but on site registration will be available.



  • TNLLD ATTENDEE QUESTIONNAIRE - Please complete this after you register.
  • When you arrive for TNLLD, please check-in at one of our registration stations to pick up your name badge and information packet.
  • Registration at the breakfast is open from 7:30AM-9:00AM
  • Registration at Nashville Public Library is for a later arrivals, and is open from 9:00AM-11:00AM.


7:30AM-9:00AM: Registration is open, Cordell Hull Building, room 8D

7:30AM-9:00AM: Librarians & Lawmakers Breakfast, Cordell Hull Building, room 8D

  • Author Andrew Maraniss will be attending the breakfast to sign copies of his latest book, Games of Deception.  Each legislator is receiving a free copy, donated by Philomel.
  • The Legislative Library, located across from room 8D in Cordell Hull, will be open to TNLLD attendees to visit throughout the day. Legislative librarian Eddie Weeks invites you to stop by for a tour or to browse.

9:00AM-9:30AM: Briefing, Cordell Hull Building, room 8D

9:40am - Photo with Governor Lee (1st floor of Capitol, in front of staricase)

9:00AM-11:00AM - Registration is open, Nashville Public Library, hallway outside of Conference Room 1

9:30AM-11:30AM: Legislative appointments

11:30AM- 1:00PM: Lunch Session, Nashville Public Library

  • We will be recognizing legislators who've been key library advocates, and we'll hear updates from TLA, TSLA, FOTL, and TASL.  Our keynote speaker is Julius Jefferson, President-Elect of ALA, who will be speaking on ALA's national advocacy program focusing on building relationships at the local and state level.  "We are in this together." A group photo will be taken at the end of our lunch with our guest speaker

1:00PM: Legislative appointments

Legislative day concludes with your final appointment for the day.  Thank you for joining us and taking time to advocate for Tennessee libraries!



  1. Parking is available near the Cordell Hull Building at the Music City Central Garage: 400 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave (also known as 400 Charlotte Ave garage).
  2. Parking is available at the Nashville Public Library Garage.



TLA: Oppose the Parental Oversight Bill  

TSLA: Support TN Public Libraries Infographic  

TASL: Support HB2321/ SB2574 to reinstate a state coordinator of school libraries to the TN DOE

FOTL:   How Friends of TN Libraries supports TN libraries

  1. Get to know your legislators:
  2. Know the issues.
    • Stay up to date through ALA, TLA, and TASL on issues important to our libraries.
    • Oppose the Parental Oversight Committee bill
    • Metro Libraries Materials Funding
      • Secretary of State Tre Hargett has requested $3,000,000 in recurring funds to support the purchase of library materials in the four metropolitan cities. This funding would be part of the Secretary of State‚Äôs budget, administered through the State Library & Archives.
      • The metro libraries serve millions with programs focused on providing support for early childhood literacy, disadvantaged populations, STEM education, and lifelong learning for adults. All of these programs rely on a solid collection of current, carefully selected books and resources in other media to back them.
      • The state provides $2.40 per capita to assist libraries in the 91 non-metro counties, but only $0.13 for metropolitan libraries. This funding would allow the state to support rural and metro libraries at the same level.
    • State Coordinator of School Libraries in the Tennessee Department of Education
      • School libraries are the information hubs of their learning communities and are committed to supporting the TNDOE strategic plan of graduating lifelong learners who are prepared for the challenges of our global information society.
      • A statewide school library coordinator is the missing link between the Department of Education and effective school libraries in every Tennessee school.
      • 36 states have a State Coordinator
      • Read a letter from ALA President Wanda Brown and AASL President Mary Keeling to Commissioner Schwinn
  3. Tell your library's story.
    • What stories from your library do you have to share that help legislators connect with and understand your ask?
  4. Schedule an appointment with your legislator. Our appointments windows will be 9:30AM-11:30AM and after 1:00PM.
  5. Invite them to your library while they are not in session.

Volunteer at TNLLD2020!

Questions about TNLLD?  Contact Lindsey Kimery:


TNLLD2020 Committee:

Lindsey Kimery, Chair, TASL

Lis Ann Morehart-Co-Chair, TLA

Susan Earl, NLLD

Sharon Edwards, Legislative Monitor

Corinne Hill, Chattanooga Public Library

Dwight Hunter, TNPTA

Julia Huskey, TSU

Susie Ries, Friends of the Library

Chuck Sherrill, State Librarian & Archivist

Andrea Zielke, TEL Administrator


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