From the WNY Library Complete Count Committee:
How can our region’s libraries prepare to assist their users?
Census 2020 officially begins April 1, 2020. Households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. Three options will be available to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. Libraries, particularly public libraries, will be on the front lines answering questions, assisting patrons with completing the census online, providing additional information on why the census matters…and it does matter!
The Census will shape how $675 billion plus dollars in federal funding will be distributed to the states to support necessary programs and infrastructure including schools, roads and highways, natural disaster response, hospitals services, and, most important to libraries, LSTA funding. The Census is required by the U.S. Constitution to determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College (known as reapportionment). This data is also the basis for drawing districts for federal, state, and local offices (known as redistricting). At stake is New York’s representation in Congress. It is predicted that we could lose two representatives in the House due to shifting populations and possible undercount particularly in the rural NY areas.
Below are resources that can help your library and your patrons understand the impact of the 2020 Census.
One Stop Resource
Census 2020 LibGuide (provided by Southeastern New York Library Resources Council)
To ensure consistency in messaging among our libraries, use these templates to both increase awareness and encourge your users to complete the census. It also encourages them to view the library as a trusted place for information and completing the census online. You can customize the templates with your own logo. Provided templates are the courtesy of Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.