When: Wednesday, Jan 30 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Location: TBD

Days: Wednesday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Public Libraries. Subjects: Advocacy/Outreach.


Description:

Libraries play an important role in the democratic process by contributing to an informed and engaged citizenry. Beyond this, we have a unique opportunity to hold space for civic discourse and encourage voter engagement. Markham Public Library staff will share their experiences supporting civic engagement in the 2014 and 2018 municipal elections and how they positioned the library as a key partner for their municipality’s Legislative Services Department in their citizen activation program. Participants will come away from this presentation with examples of how libraries can effectively build on their community development mandate to contribute to the local political process.
Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how your library can take a more active role in supporting civil civic discourse while remaining non-partisan.
2. Know how to concisely define and leverage the reputation of the library to position yourself as an integral and desirable partner with your municipality’s Legislative Services Department.
3. Learn how to encourage an interest in the democratic process, increase voter engagement and leave with the necessary tools to grow civic engagement in your community while effectively contributing to the local political process.
Interactive Portion:
Using a narrative prompt discovery tool participants will assess their library’s individual situation, after which they will be given time to discuss and collaborate with fellow attendees.