Introducing Civics on the Go

Survey time! In the last year have you:

  • Worked with members of your community to solve a problem?
  • Attended a political meeting, speech, rally or protest?
  • Been part of a group that tries to influence the public or the government?
  • Shared information on an issue on social media like Facebook or Twitter?
  • Worked on a political campaign?
  • Written or called your representatives?
  • Written a letter to a publication's editor about an issue that's important to you?
  • Voted?

These are all examples of civic engagement, according to the Pew Research Center. If you answered "yes" to these questions, thank you for your efforts! Participating in civic engagement strengthens Denver's community and is vital to our society.

The library wants to support you in learning about current events, issues and civics, both how government works and how to participate as citizens and residents of the United States. (For more thoughts on civic education, read this CQ Researcher report. A Denver Public Library card is required.) 

We are excited to launch Civics on the Go, a series of casual conversations about issues affecting our world. These won't be formal presentations, just a chance for customers of all ages to stop by, chat with librarians and learn something new about the topic of the day. Civics on the Go: How to Spot Fake News will start us off on Tuesday, July 10, at the Central Library. This will be an opportunity to think about fake news. We want to hear what's on your mind. What does "fake news" mean to you? Have you ever shared fake news, intentionally or not? What news sources do you trust? Why is reliable journalism important? Drop by anytime between 3:30 and 5:30 to learn how librarians do research and tell fact from fiction online. 

If you can't make it to the Central Library, we've got you covered. Check out the Civics on the Go: How to Spot Fake News resource guide! Read, watch, listen and learn about fake news and how it affects our lives. Then test your skills with Factitious, a news game from American University's Game Lab and JoLT (Journalism Leadership Transformation) program.

Coming up in September is Civics on the Go: Elections and Voting. Do you have ideas for future Civics on the Go events? What should we talk and learn about next? What does being an engaged member of the community mean to you?

Photo credits:
March for Science image by Joe Flood via Flickr, Creative Commons licensed. 
May 2016 cross-government accessibility community meeting by gdsteam via Flickr, Creative Commons licensed
Candykeys (Keyboard) by Mike Schmid via Flickr, Creative Commons licensed
Canvassing in Santa Fe by Steve Bott via Flickr, Creative Commons licensed
Telemarketing by Jimmy Hilario via Flickr, Creative Commons licensed
I Voted by Clay Newton via Flickr, Creative Commons licensed

Written by Hillary on July 5, 2018

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Toby on July 10, 2018

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This is a super idea. Thanks for offering the program.

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