It’s a year that ends in zero, what does that mean…CENSUS time!
The census is and can often be confusing and complicated to understand. To some, it can even feel invasive and intrusive. The basic idea is that the framers of the Constitution included in the document that the entire population of the United States is to be counted every ten years. The guiding principle behind this mandate was to ensure fair representation, by determining how many seats each state receives in the House of Representatives-as this legislative body is based on population.
An accurate count can benefit a community in other ways as well, by ensuring that its fair share of federal funding, grants and other support distributed based on census data is received. The more people who respond or are “counted” in a community during census time, the more resources of this like are available to that community.
This year, the Census Bureau is offering an online method of response. Not only could this help save participants’ time, it will also cut down on some of the spending that the bureau does on follow-up via paper mailing, phone and property visits. If you do not have a computer at home, you can visit us or one of the other local libraries to utilize our public access computers.
Next week, I will discuss safety and security in regards to this year’s census count, so stay tuned!
Fact of the Week:
By January, each day gains between ninety seconds and two minutes of extra daylight. In February, that increases to around two and a half minutes added to each day.
Hang in there, every day counts!
Next Week at the Library:
§ Fri. Jan. 31 - 10:15am – Toddler Storytime
§ Fri. Jan. 31 - 10: 30am –Preschool Storytime
Have a great week, everyone!
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