Educating the Community About the Census

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has been working hard to educate its employees and the community about the value of the census.

To kick off the effort, the Library held six training sessions for library employees led by a Census Partnership Specialist. 126 staff members attended and then went back to their branches to train others. The Library is the largest provider of free computers and internet access in Mecklenburg County, so many people will go to the library to complete the census. Library staff will be prepared to help, thanks to this training.

In addition, the Library has designated March 29 through April 4 as Census Week. They will be having special story times, activities/quizzes, and speakers at multiple branches. These can be found at cmlibrary.org.

Two such events will be at Main Library.

Mecklenburg County Growth through the Decades
March 30, 2020, 12:15-1pm
Using Census data, this presentation will illustrate population change and growth over time in Mecklenburg County. Join us for an exploration of demographic trends and through statistics learn more about the residents who have called this area home.

New data.census.gov for Business & Nonprofit Research
March 31, 2020, 12:15-1pm
This session will explore the Census Bureau’s new data dissemination platform data.census.gov. Attendees will learn how to access a variety of local demographic, socioeconomic and business statistical data during a demonstration of this new system on census.gov. Examples will focus on nonprofit and business, but anyone with an interest in Census data is welcome. Bring your own device and follow along!

Each library branch has designated at least one computer for people to fill out the Census questionnaire. They are also placing information flyers/signs around these stations.

Libraries are also promoting the census using posters, a yard sign, bookmarks, a copy of the questionnaire in English and Spanish and flyers.



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