Libraries nationwide helping to get accurate Census count

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Pima County Public Library is one of 59 libraries nationwide to receive a Census Equity Fund Grant from the American Library Association (ALA).

More than 500 applications were submitted!

The generous $2,000 grant will help us in making the Census more accessible to members of indigenous populations in Arizona's Pima County. 

"The 2020 Census will determine how political representation and critical resources are distributed for the next ten years, and libraries are essential partners in making sure the data collected as part of the Census is complete and accurate," says ALA President Wanda Brown. 

However, to get that full and inclusive count, it is vital that communities nationwide reach vulnerable and hard-to-count populations that have been historically undercounted, including young people, people experiencing homelessness, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and people of color. 

The funds will be used to purchase four iPads and program supplies. Partnering with the Tribal Liaisons and Tribal Complete Count Committees for Activities throughout the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui Nations, the Library's Census Team and its Many Nations Team, made up of staff who identify as Native American, will travel to the Tohono O'odham and Yaqui Nations, where they will collaborate with community members on Census-related programs and activities. The iPads will be used to provide more opportunities for tribal members to be counted.

Read more about the Census Equity Fund grants and grantees in this American Library Association press release