Welcome to the Idaho Trustee Challenge!

The Idaho Library Association's Trustee Section is challenging public library boards throughout Idaho to contact their state legislators three times before the start of the new session in January 2019:

  • Write letters of introduction- describe your library's services and programs

  • Invite your legislators to a library event, show them what you're doing, give them a tour

  • Host an open house or a legislative coffee, send an end of the year summary of library programs and services or send a few of the library stories you've collected


We hope you’ll join library trustees throughout Idaho to meet this challenge and practice the important work of proactive advocacy for your library.

Proactive advocacy happens when the library board works to lay the groundwork for positive support among lawmakers. We can easily do this by writing letters of introduction, inviting legislators to library events and offering to be a resource when legislators need information on library-related issues.

A good foundation of proactive advocacy helps support our cause when we need to practice reactive advocacy by asking our legislators to support or reject legislation that affects libraries. State Librarian Ann Joslin has a few tips on advocacy here.


We have a more information on Getting Started with the Idaho Trustee Challenge, Your Library Message, Nuts and Bolts, and Advocacy Resources.


Please leave us a comment to let us know you're planning to take the Challenge!


Thank you,

Rosemary Yocum

ILA Trustee Section Co-Chair

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  • Rosemary Yocum
    commented 2018-08-25 17:21:46 -0600
    Just wondering if any other Trustees have moved forward on the Trustee Challenge by contacting their legislators? The Priest Lake Public Library has sent letters of introduction to our local legislators and gubernatorial candidates. We’re planning an open house at the library for later this fall, which we will invite them all to attend. I’d like to hear what other libraries are doing for the Challenge.
  • Rosemary Yocum
    commented 2018-05-11 16:51:28 -0600
    The Priest Lake Public Library board of trustees is currently writing letters of introduction about our library to our local state Representatives and Senator. We are including flyers for several upcoming events, a letter describing our library, several cute bookmarkers, our library’s business card, and the library’s open hours. Let us know what your board is doing for the challenge.
    Rosemary Yocum, Priest Lake Public Library Trustee
  • Amy Vecchione
    published this page in Resources 2018-04-11 13:20:22 -0600