Cleveland is facing big decisions in 2020. And, Cleveland Public Library is the source for information about the Census, the U.S. presidential election and voter registration.
Cleveland Public Library is kicking off its Democracy 2020 campaign with voter registration drives at select neighborhood branches and virtual programs to educate the public about what it means to vote and participate in the democratic process. The Library is providing resources and recommended reads to help people prepare for the election, learn the candidates, and understand the importance of completing the Census. We have invited nationally recognized authors to inspire us and challenge our thinking.
“Cleveland Public Library believes an inclusive democracy is a strong democracy, so it is making sure every Clevelander is heard and counted this year,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “We have formed partnerships with civic groups, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to inform our community about their democratic rights and choices. The goal of our Democracy 2020 campaign is to get people of all ages to become active participants in government matters and issues affecting their neighborhoods.”
Every Thursday, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will host voter registration drives at the following branches:
|VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE LOCATIONS||Times|
|Fleet Branch||Noon – 3 p.m.|
|Fulton Branch||1 p.m. – 4 p.m.|
|Memorial-Nottingham Branch||9 a.m. – noon|
|Rice Branch||10 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
|Walz Branch||10 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
Can’t make it to one of those branches? No problem! Vote-by-mail and voter registration applications will be provided at all Cleveland Public Library locations.
The Library is working with the Board of Elections to host monthly virtual discussions to inform people about the value of voting, how to register and what to expect on Election Day. All discussions will take place at noon on the Library’s Facebook page.
BOOKS & BALLOTS: VIRTUAL ELECTION DISCUSSION
|Monday, August 10||Value of Voting: Why you should register to vote?|
|Monday, September 14||Voting in the Age of COVID 19|
|Monday, October 12||Vote-by-Mail: What you need to know?|
|Monday, November 2||What to Expect on Election Day?|
Now is the time to be counted too. The 2020 Census is due September 30. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Cleveland’s response to the 2020 Census is far behind the national average. Nationwide the self-response rate is 62.1%. Cleveland is at 47%. That’s why Cleveland Public Library is teaming up with the U.S. Census Bureau to help people understand the importance of Census. We are hosting monthly virtual discussions with community leaders to educate people on what is at stake. All discussions will take place at noon on the Library’s Facebook page.
COUNT ON US: VIRTUAL CENSUS CHAT
|Friday, June 5||Who’s Being Left Out of the Census? with LGBT Center|
|Friday, July 3||Democracy and the Census with Councilman Blaine Griffin|
|Friday, August 7||Who’s at the Door? with Cuyahoga Counts|
|Friday, September 4||Cultural Awareness with Joe Cimperman of Global Cleveland|
|Friday, September 18||Make it Count! Don’t Ghost the Census with Urban League|
Staff at all Cleveland Public Library locations are available to answer questions about the election and 2020 Census. People are encouraged to use ASK CPL, our online chat system on cpl.org to live chat with a Librarian.
AUTHORS ON DEMOCRACY
Starting in September, the Library will kick off a virtual author series bringing award-winning and popular authors to discuss issues that matter most and explore the systems impacting our voices in our democracy.
- CATHY O’NEIL: She’s a regular contributor to Bloomberg View and author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. O’Neil will discuss the algorithms that affect each of us and our society.
Saturday, September 26 at 2 p.m.
- DR. IBRAM X. KENDI: He’s one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices and author of National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist. This event is in partnership with College Now Greater Cleveland for the #CLEReads YA Book Festival.
Friday, December 4 at 2 p.m.
- BRYAN STEVENSON: He’s the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization, in Montgomery, AL and author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
Saturday, December 5 at 12 p.m.
All events are free and will be held via Zoom. Attendees are encouraged to register.
For recommended reads about Democracy, facts about the 2020 Census and the election, or a look at photographic images of civic pride and protest in Cleveland through the years, visit the Democracy 2020 website.