Civic & Community Engagement

Engaged and empowered citizens generate optimism about the future, produce good decisions on meeting tough community challenges and contribute to local economic vitality. In communities large and small, public libraries provide leadership, information, tools and a place where people can connect to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of active civic engagement.

This category honors innovations in partnering with local government and other community institutions; advancing civic and community knowledge and initiating activities to promote community discourse as well as problem-solving.

Partners: The Library and The Humanities ›
Gwinnett County Public Library
Vital Conversations ›
Calgary Public Library
Elder Abuse Prevention ›
Baltimore County Public Library
Villard Square Learning Campus ›
Milwaukee Public Library
Savannah Children's Book Festival ›
Live Oak Public Libraries
Mission Branch Library ›
San Antonio Public Library/Mission Branch
Bridgeport Public Library Commons ›
Bridgeport Public Library
Future of the Library Task Force ›
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Monthly Free Saturday Legal Clinic ›
Memphis Public Library and Information Center
Kill-a-Watt Monitors ›
Sacramento Public Library
Tulsa Then and Now: Mapping the BFC  ›
Tulsa City-County Library
Library Helps Rebuild Springfield ›
Springfield City Library
Book-to-Action ›
Hayward Public Library
Enhancing Social Safety Net Access through Community Collaboration ›
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Choose Civility ›
Howard County Library System
Bridgeport Votes ›
Bridgeport Public Library
Working With a Developmental Partner ›
Mid-Continent Public Library
genteXt: Books, Bars, and Beers ›
Durham County Library