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Posted on: August 19, 2019

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United States Census 2020

Boca Raton Library Launches 2020 Signature Initiative, Civic Engagement

To mark the 2020 elections, the 2020 Census, and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the Boca Raton Public Library has announced its Signature Initiative for 2020: Civic Engagement. Throughout the year, numerous classes, programs, and displays will be presented at the Downtown and Spanish River Libraries to encourage citizens to become involved in their communities and promote a greater awareness of their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

Adults will enjoy political and social documentaries and discussions, a presidential biographies book club, and storytellers celebrating American experiences. The libraries will offer free classes and speakers focused on the election process, the Census, privacy, citizenship, and other civic engagement themes, plus offer free computer access to fill out the online Census form. Children will vote in a special “mock election” featuring literary characters to learn about the political process. Both libraries will feature rotating displays of civic-themed books, films, and music. 

Visit the calendar at Boca Library for information on upcoming Civic Engagement programs and classes. All programs are free. Participants can register online or in person at the Downtown or Spanish River Library.

About the US Census

Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau undertakes a tremendous task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future and our voice in government. Efforts for the census are currently underway with Census takers conducting in-field address canvassing. You may see them in your neighborhood for a few different reasons:

  • They are verifying addresses in preparation for the census.
  • They are collecting responses to the census or another survey.
  • They are dropping off census materials.
  • They are conducting quality checks on the census.

If you are visited by someone from the U.S. Census Bureau, here are some tips to assure the validity of the field representative:

  • Census takers must present an ID badge that includes a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
  • Note that census workers may be carrying a Census Bureau phone or a laptop as well as a bag with a Census Bureau logo.
  • If you still have questions, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. You can also search for an agent’s name in the Census Bureau’s online staff directory.

For more information on the address canvassing process and the 2020 Census, visit the City’s 2020 Census page. 

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