Civic & Social Literacy: How the Library Supports and Maintains Strong Community Engagement

If you have ever voted, volunteered your time, or attended a city council or town hall meeting, you demonstrated Civic and Social literacy.

At its root, Civic and Social Literacy is the ability to understand your democratic rights, know the social issues affecting our world, and learn how to actively participate and make change in the community.

Whether you are a seasoned volunteer or new to the neighborhood, the Bookmobile is a great place to find the information you need to actively engage in the community.

Besides finding information in books or DVDs at the Library, you can also ask a librarian any of the questions below, which support Civic and Social Literacy.

How can I find my polling place?

How do I register to vote?

Where can I volunteer?

Do you have the local newspaper?

When is the next city council meeting?

These are just a few of the questions the Bookmobile can answer for you.

Along with these services, the Bookmobile also participates in community events all year long which support Civic and Social Literacy, including WVIA’s Be My Neighbor event, National Night Outs, Heroes Day, and Welcome Scranton.

So why are we talking so much about Civic and Social Literacy? If you have visited the Bookmobile recently, you may have seen flyers with an orange logo with Civic and Social Literacy on it. These logos are part of the PA Forward initiative.

PA Forward is an initiative designed by the Pennsylvania Library Association which supports five literacies: Basic, Civic and Social, Information, Financial, and Health. The goal of the program is to create a future where all Pennsylvania public, special, academic and school libraries unite in a shared vision of helping residents succeed as citizens, parents, students, employers, employees, and consumers.

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