Anythink discussion focuses on democracy

Online discussion centers on citizen engagement beyond the voting booth

Staff Report
Posted 10/21/20

An Anythink Library program will discuss democracy beyond the ballot Oct. 24. The library’s Civic Saturday program returns Oct. 24 online and via the Zoom networking platform with “Beyond the …

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Anythink discussion focuses on democracy

Online discussion centers on citizen engagement beyond the voting booth

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An Anythink Library program will discuss democracy beyond the ballot Oct. 24.

The library’s Civic Saturday program returns Oct. 24 online and via the Zoom networking platform with “Beyond the Voting Booth.” It will ask attendees to re-imagine their power as citizens beyond the election season and discuss ways to collectively build a brighter future for our democracy.

The program will run from 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 24.

The event is free and open to all. Registration is required at anythinklibraries.org. A link to the meeting will be sent to all registrants in advance.

The virtual gathering is hosted in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Partnership. Local performers and guest speakers will also be featured.

The library kicked off Civic Saturday programs in 2019 as an opportunity to cultivate civic engagement and community traditions through readings, poetry, music and discussion.

“During past gatherings, we’ve heard from individuals about how they have valued the opportunity to connect with friends and neighbors on what it means to be a citizen,” Anythink Director of Strategic Partnerships Stacie Ledden said in a written statement. “In this new online format, Anythink staff are able to make the experience even more accessible to all - bringing community members together from throughout the county and even throughout the country. The ability to connect to others on topics that are meaningful to them is just one of the many ways that people can take action beyond the voting booth.”

Past face-to-face events hosted at the library’s Wright Farms Branch, at 5877 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton, have discussed improving citizen engagement in politics through better communication and Colorado’s 2019 Red Flag law.

Civic Saturday is a continuation of Anythink’s commitment to provide opportunities for civic engagement, social interaction and information. It was first started by Citizen University, a Seattle-based organization dedicated to building a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship in the U.S. Citizen University trains individuals and organizations from across the country, including Anythink, on how to host Civic Saturdays in their own communities.

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