Giving attention to unsung heroes

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By Kirsten Laskey

There are unsung heroes in every community. Their contributions are critical but sometimes escape the public’s attention.

Librarians could fall into the category of unsung hero, but perhaps that should be corrected.

With Angie Manfredi, head of youth services for Los Alamos County Library System, participating in the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA) annual conference and the Library Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., people could be paying librarians a lot more attention, at least in Los Alamos.

After all, that is what Library Advocacy Day is all about.

“During Advocacy  Day, (library) branches around the country are meeting at Capitol Hill … basically there is a rally on Capitol Hill … and librarians speak one-on-one with representatives about the importance of libraries in their communities,” Manfredi said. “It’s a day for librarians to let the political powers know what’s going on and make a case for libraries in their communities.”

Manfredi will be in Washington, D.C. June 25-29.

This will be Manfredi’s first time participating in Library Advocacy Day and she believes the experience can be put to good use in Los Alamos and throughout the state.

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