On December 19, 2019, the American Library Association announced that the Westerville Public Library will be one of 59 libraries receiving Library Census Equity mini-grants of $2,000 to bolster service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census.
“The 2020 Census will determine how political representation and critical resources are distributed for the next ten years, and libraries are essential partners in making sure the data collected as part of the Census is complete and accurate,” said ALA President Wanda Brown. “The efforts of these 59 libraries will shine a light on all the library workers across the country who are shouldering efforts to reach and inform their communities—especially vulnerable and hard-to-count populations—about the importance of a full and inclusive count.”
The library will be partnering with multiple community organizations including the Columbus Bhutanese Nepalese Association, the Franklin County Department of Aging, and the Somali Association of Columbus.
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About the 2020 Census
- distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds
- determine how many seats each state gets in Congress
- draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school districts
- inform business decisions, policy, community initiatives, and consumer advocacy