Are you going to stand by and watch as library infrastructure erodes over the coming years?

Call to ActionFY22-23 17 Years Without an increase to State Funding for Library Infrastructure

We don’t want your donation; we want your support. Specifically, your advocacy.

Your library has a stake: saving money on courier costs, and sustaining a crucial aspect of Colorado library infrastructure.

You might not be aware of this, but it’s been 17 years without an increase to state funding to CLiC. This funding is used to pay for or subsidize the cost of ALL services provided to public libraries, academic institutions, and schools — that includes the courier.

What we’re asking is for YOU to contact legislators. Tell them what CLiC or the statewide courier means for your library and the community you serve.

How to Get Started

1 First, we ask that you contact every member of the Joint Budget Committee. These are the six powerful legislators charged with helping to prepare budget recommendations for the entire State of Colorado. The group works throughout the year. You can email each one directly, or call – see the table below. Borrow from the advocacy material provided here, and share your own story!

3Third, please send an email to the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Education, respectively. Their contact details are toward the bottom of this page. CLiC’s state appropriation flows through this department, so internal advocacy could help…
2 Second, after the legislature convenes January 9, 2023, we ask that you contact one or more legislators who represent YOUR district/community. It’s crucial to contact these lawmakers early in the year. Use the FIND MY LEGISLATOR page, type your address in the map and go from there!

Advocacy materials

  • PDF of one-page flyer featured above — “17 Years Without an Increase”
  • Sample letter created by Amy Shipley (Director, Basalt Regional Library) and Elektra Greer (Director, Nederland Community Library)
    check your Downloads after clicking.
  • Example letter authored by Ray Coffey (member of the CAL Legislative Committee and former trustee of Anythink Libraries)

JBC Members 2022-23

These are the six powerful members of the Joint Budget Committee. Contact each individually using the information below.
Representative Rod BockenfeldRepresentative
Rod Bockenfeld
District 56 - Adams, Arapahoe Countiesrod.bockenfeld.house@coleg.gov303-866-2912
Representative Emily SirotaRepresentative
Emily Sirota
District 9 - Arapahoe, Denver Countiesemily.sirota.house@coleg.gov303-855-2910
Representative Shannon BirdRepresentative
Shannon Bird
District 35 - Adams Countyshannon.bird.house@state.co.us303-866-2843
Senator Jeff BridgesSenator
Jeff Bridges
District 26 - Arapahoe, Denver, Jefferson Countiesjeff.bridges.senate@coleg.gov303-866-4846
Senator Rachel ZenzingerSenator
Rachel Zenzinger
District 19 - Adams, Jefferson Countiessenatorrachelz@gmail.com303-866-4840
Senator Barbara KirkmeyerSenator
Barbara Kirkmeyer
District 23 - Larimer, Weld Countiesbarbara.kirkmeyer.senate@coleg.gov303-866-4876

Department of Education Officials

Commissioner of EducationKaty Anthescommissioner@cde.state.co.us
Deputy CommissionerAlyssa Pearsonpearson_a@cde.state.co.us