Chandler Library Hosts Civic Engagement Programs

Sept. 6, 2018
Lady Liberty

According to the New York Times, it means “working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference.” It means “promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.”

“It” is civic engagement, and your Chandler Public Library promotes it by providing access to information to members of our community, as well as classes, children’s programs, e-books, streaming movies, downloadable music and much more.

In September, Chandler Libraries are offering several opportunities for you to participate in civic engagement.

 

Current social controversies reflect our nation’s complex history, politics and values. Our views can differ sharply on whether or not America has changed for the better, or for the worse. We can point to specific cultural and technological developments that have made it difficult to feel part of one country. Media can shape our sense of inclusion and exclusion, what is true and false, what connects us and divides us. But democracy is based on hope, the hope that we might solve our problems by talking to each other. How should we approach each other today? How do we balance respect for the people around us, and our common humanity, against suspicion and fear in the face of ideological differences? How do we keep the conversation going about difficult political and social events? How can we listen to, and learn from, experiences and opinions different from our own? Join us for a FRANK Talk exploring the skills and attitudes of citizenship and conversability. FRANK Talks encourage participants to respectfully listen to and discuss different points of view about issues of local and national importance, this program is in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. 

 

Would you like to vote in the upcoming November elections, but you need to register? Come to the Sunset Library on National Voter Registration Day and get assistance from the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. Please bring any of the following: Arizona Driver’s license or State issued ID, Tribal ID card, Naturalization Certificate, or a photocopy of your birth certificate or passport. 

 

Would you like to vote in the upcoming November elections, but you need to register? Come to the Downtown Library on National Voter Registration Day and get assistance from the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. Please bring any of the following: Arizona Driver’s license or State issued ID, Tribal ID card, Naturalization Certificate, or a photocopy of your birth certificate or passport. 

 

Create custom guitar picks and buttons in a Rock the Vote program! While supplies last, express your artistic side in a patriotic stenciling project too! Works created in this program will be exhibited in Basha Library during late September and October. Since Sept. 25 also is National Voter Registration Day, you may register to vote if you qualify and have not already registered. Deputy Registrars and Junior Registrars will be available to answer any questions you may have. This program is open to teens and adults. 

 

For more information regarding library programs and events, as well as other services and collections, please call 480-782-2800 or go to chandlerlibrary.org.

 

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