Anythink gathering to promote civic engagement

Staff report
Posted 5/15/19

The first Civic Saturday gathering designed to cultivate civic engagement and tradition is being presented May 18 by Anythink Libraries at its Wright Farms branch in Thornton. Participants will join …

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Anythink gathering to promote civic engagement

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The first Civic Saturday gathering designed to cultivate civic engagement and tradition is being presented May 18 by Anythink Libraries at its Wright Farms branch in Thornton.

Participants will join Anythink staff, local artists and fellow community members for a morning of readings, song and small group discussion on the topic of neighbors: What challenges and opportunities people encounter in the face of rapid growth and what it means to be a good neighbor.

According to a news release, Civic Saturday is a way that Anythink continues to establish the library as a “town square,” a place where individuals from all walks of life are invited to come together for civic engagement, social interaction and information. Representatives from Adams County Elections will also attend, providing information on voter registration and other opportunities to become involved in local elections.

“Residents in Adams County look to the library as a safe, trusted place to host conversations about issues that are important to them,” Anythink Director of Innovations and Brand Strategy Stacie Ledden said in a news release. “Civic Saturday is one more way Anythink can meet that need, acting as a gathering space for people to engage with and about their community.”

Anythink also will continue its partnership with Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University and executive director of the Citizenship and American Identity Program for Aspen Institute, Ledden said in the release.

“Joining other cities nationwide in hosting Civic Saturday is the perfect furtherance of this relationship, which started with hosting `What Every American Should Know’ in 2015 and Liu’s thought-provoking presentation last fall surrounding his book, You Are More Powerful Than You Think,” Ledden said in the release.

“Civic Saturday has struck a chord, and we are now taking it national with events around the country and with a new Civic Seminary that trains people to lead these gatherings and build these civic congregations in their own towns,” Liu said in the release. “In a time when politics is so fiercely polarized, we want to appreciate anew the simple miracle of democratic citizenship.”

Civic Saturday was started by Citizen University, a Seattle-based organization dedicated to building a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship in the U.S. To help spread the initiative outside of Seattle, Citizen University trains individuals and organizations from across the country, including Anythink, on how to host Civic Saturdays in their own communities.

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