Make your community count: Census 2020 & Your Library

Libraries and the 2020 Census graphics from ALA

The Census only happens once a decade, which is why is it SO CRITICAL to get it right. The count determines political representation and funding for your community for the next 10 years or more. And your library — a trusted, accessible, community-based institution — is perfectly positioned to help turn out a complete and accurate count.

If you're not already knee-deep in a Census plan (or even if you are), mark your calendar for July 19 and jump-start your library's involvement in a single morning. Participate in-person at the RAILS Burr Ridge Service Center or stream the meeting online at

Speakers include:

  • Denise Raleigh, Division Chief of Public Relations & Communications at Gail Borden Public Library and experienced library Census planner
  • Anita Banerji, Director of the Democracy Initiative at Forefront
  • Representative Theresa Mah, Illinois General Assembly, 2nd District

Topics include:

  • How Census data will be used in your community: redistricting, financial implications of under-count
  • Challenges and opportunities for libraries surrounding a digital decennial census (including privacy, digital literacy, internet access)
  • How to identify and reach the Hard-To-Count people in your community (outreach, programming, Complete Count Commissions)

Leave with the start of an action plan, information on grant opportunities through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) in the coming weeks, and resources to help your staff get up to speed.

For those attending in-person, you are invited to remain after the session concludes to network with colleagues and share your ideas, challenges, and best practices for engaging your community around the 2020 Census. Light refreshments will be served.

This session will be recorded and available on the RAILS CE Archives page approximately seven days following the event.


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