The Lyons Public Library is a community partner working with the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2020 Census. We are helping to educate and motivate residents to participate in the Census.
Why are we helping? Please look at the following information taken from the American Library Association’s webpage on the 2020 Census:
Why the Census is Important
Representation: The decennial count of all U.S. residents 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).
Funding: The Census is key to the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding to states and localities (such as grants to states under the Library Services and Technology Act).
Information: Data resulting from the Census is widely used by researchers, governments, businesses, and other organizations (to, for example, plan for library services).
For more information go to: https://2020census.gov/en.html