Taking Civic Engagement to the Next Level

February 13th, 2018 | 9 - 10 am PT | 10 - 11 am MT | 11 am -12 pm CT | 12 - 1 pm ET

On February 13, hear from two ULC members, San Francisco Public Library and Lexington Public Library, about creating and achieving robust civic engagement programming.

During this webinar, SFPL will discuss 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 will share 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.

The webinar presenters will share the:

  • Impetus for the programs
  • Partnerships created/fostered
  • Tools created/shared
  • Staff training processes
  • Cost/hours associated with the programs
  • Marketing/communications tactics and channels used to promote the programs
  • Programs’ outcomes – community responses/engagement
  • What the libraries/communities have learned from the programs and how they are being continuously improved

Join us on February 13 and learn how you can grow your library’s civic engagement programs into something that will benefit everyone!

Presenter Bios


Bruce KatzAnne G. Donworth, Development Officer, Lexington Public Library Foundation

Anne Donworth, CFRM serves as Development Officer for Lexington Public Library Foundation, where she is part of the Library's senior leadership team in addition to orchestrating a comprehensive fundraising program on its behalf.  She is committed to helping make her library system, and thus her community, a better place for everyone to learn, play, and grow.  She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Leadership Lexington, an active member of the Rotary Club of Lexington and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, and currently serves on the Downtown Lexington Partnership’s Advisory Board, Good Shepherd Day School’s Board of Directors, and Lexington’s On The Table planning committee.  She and her husband, Richie, founded Scarteen Stud, an equine breeding and boarding operation, in 2014 while raising their two young daughters.


Jeremy Nowak

Kate Eppler, Program Manager , San Francisco Public Library

Kate Eppler is the program manager for San Francisco Public Library’s The Bridge at Main, a literacy and learning center. Eppler has developed and implemented technology classes of all levels, maker programming, information literacy instruction, and other opportunities to help users better understand their world. Eppler co-chairs the Access & Learning workgroup of the SF Tech Council.


Registration Fees

Members: $150/1st *site and $50/ea. additional site (recording included
Non-Members: $225/1st *site and $50/ea. additional site (recording included)
*A landline (audio) and an internet connection (visual) are both needed for real-time event participation.

If your organization does not register for a ULC webinar, members may purchase the recording post-webinar for $150.