2. Invite them to visit the library.
3. If possible, schedule the visit at a time when the library is busy.
Better yet, attend the council/board meeting at which new officials are sworn in and extend the invitation in person. This is a particularly effective approach at the local level. Admittedly, it can be unwieldy to attempt this type of contact before or after a county board meeting.
Why is this important?
On average, Wisconsin municipalities and counties provide 82% of public library revenue.
Just as important is that it allows you to begin the process of building relationships with newly elected officials.
(Originally published on April 7, 2010. This version revised and updated.)