Civics @ Seymour

Seymour Library’s Civic Literacy Series Fall 2018

Did you know that only a quarter of Americans can name all three branches of government, and more than a third can’t name any of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment, according to the 2017 Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey? Thanks to a grant from the Fred M. Everett and Ora H. Everett Charitable Trust, Seymour Library hopes to bridge that gap in knowledge and provide a refresher on government.

Merriam-Webster defines civics as “the study of the rights and duties of citizens and of how government works”.The goal of Seymour Library’s civic literacy initiative is to engage the community in a conversation about civics by providing access to information on how government works, locally, federally and historically. Civic literacy is not only about obtaining the basic knowledge of how government works but, taking a step further and applying that knowledge to everyday life and using it to discuss and shape the change that you want to see in your community.

To lay the framework for participation in civic life and civil discourse, the library will offer programs on local government and current social and political issues.

Upcoming events

Civic’s Trivia Night, Monday, November 12 at 6 pm

Would you pass the United States civics test for citizenship? Test your knowledge of civics for a chance to win the grand prize on Monday, November 12 at 6pm. Refreshments will be provided. Join or bring a team, teams should be no more than 5 people per team.

Human Library, Saturday, November 10, 11 am to 4 pm

This fall Seymour Library will host a Human Library ® on Saturday, November 10 from 11 am to 4 pm. Individuals of different cultures, beliefs and backgrounds will be available to “check out” for 30 minute conversations. The aim of the Human Library® is to challenge stereotypes and allow the community an opportunity to share and understand the experiences of others. Stay tuned for how to sign up to “checkout” a book and the different “titles” we will be offering.

Election Day Wrap Up, Tuesday, November 20 at 6 pm *New date*

Join local historian Tom Henry for a break down of the 2018 midterm election results. What were voters thinking about? What affected turn out? Was there anything really new? What does it potentially mean for 2020? Discuss these questions and learn a brief history of midterm elections to see where this one fits among general and recent trends.

Civics Community Read, Monday, November 26 at 6 pm

Join us at the library for a discussion of Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner’s What Unites Us on Monday, November 26 at 6 pm. Copies of the book will be available for pick up at the main desk or can be ordered through interlibrary loan. Supplies are limited, so please register at 252-2571 or stop by the main desk to sign up.

Past events and supplemental materials

Discover more at home! View recorded livestreams of the programs and download copies of the slides used.