Plan Ahead for Civic Awareness Month in September

ImageSeptember is Civic Awareness Month, an opportunity for your library to promote civic engagement and cultivate an informed, involved citizenry that can work in partnership with your local government.

Get inspiration for "civic literacy" events you can do — consider these programs offered by other libraries:

  • Medford (Mass.) Public Library hosted “Civic Engagement in Medford: How to Make a Difference in Your Community.” Speakers included a city councilor, School Committee members, and the Medford Square Revitalization Committee chair.
  • Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library hosted a book talk with Bert Berkley, author of Giving Back: Connecting You, Business, and Community, a “how-to guide for individuals and businesses who want to be philanthropic in their respective communities.”
  • The Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library hosts “Community Cinema,” “a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens.”
  • For the 2008 elections, Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library hosted a series of events featuring politically themed movies, nationally known speakers, local groups committed to civic engagement, candidates’ forums, voter registration, and more.
  • Finally, librarians from Nashua (N.H.) Public Library; Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride, Colorado; and Boulder (Colo.) Public Library shared some of their civic engagement programs in a Programming Librarian blog post.

Tools you can use to plan your civic awareness programs:

Source: Programming Librarian: Civic Awareness Month