ULC Taking Civic Engagement to the Next Level

 ULC Taking Civic Engagement to the Next Level
February 13, 2018

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Kate Eppler, Program Manager, San Francisco Public Library

Anne G. Donworth, Development Officer, Lexington Public Library Foundation

During this webinar, SFPL discussed how it spearheaded the first citywide "Digital Inclusion Week,” which included more than 20 community partners coming together to create opportunities to connect and build skills. The events gave more than 2,000 participants access to classes, expos and discussions that promoted online access and technology skill building in an effort to bridge the digital divide. The week attracted a diverse group of patrons, with programs provided in multiple languages. The "Digital Inclusion Week" also served as an open house for library services and brought in new patrons and volunteers.

Additionally, the Lexington Public Library Foundation shared insight about the model they used to advance civic engagement within their community. A partnership between Lexington’s community foundation, city government, chamber of commerce, public schools, library and others, "On The Table" engaged over 11,000 citizens in a series of community conversations. Discussion informed the city’s comprehensive plan and enabled the library to hear from people about the future of Lexington and how the community can meet its unique needs. This program is a prime example of a powerful model for bringing a community together through food and fellowship.