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In Advance of the November Elections, ALA Schedules Webinar on Library Civic Engagement

Election season is upon us once again. In the run-up to the November elections and in recognition of the local library’s continued - and increasingly diversified - role as a public informational resource, the American Library Association (ALA) is hosting a webinar on how librarians and Library Friends can promote civic engagement. Mark your calendars for 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, September 26. 


In broad brushstrokes, this webinar will teach you how to legally and ethically promote healthy civic engagement in national elections, local polls, and community activities year-round. Experts will narrow in on ten specific steps library leaders and friends can take to mobilize supporters, such as:

  • Voter registration drives
  • Informing constituents about candidates
  • Hosting forums
  • Working with polls and pollsters

Voter turnout in the last general election hovered around 57 percent. Moreover, for the 2010 midterm elections, the percentage was only 37.8 of eligible voters. Clearly, there’s room to improve on these numbers. Register for the upcoming webinar to learn how your library can be a vehicle for that change.   

Registration is required in advance of the webinar. Registration information can be found by clicking here.  Please note that the registration shows 4-5 PM Eastern Daylight Time, which is 3-4 PM Central Daylight Time. 

For more details, MALF refers you to ALA’s District Dispatch post on the topic.