Civic Saturday returns to Anythink Libraries

Gathering designed to promote meaningful civic engagement among residents

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Posted 1/15/20

Civic resolutions will be the topic of the second Civic Saturday gathering Jan. 25, presented by Anythink Libraries. Through a morning of readings, song and small-group discussion, participants will …

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Civic Saturday returns to Anythink Libraries

Gathering designed to promote meaningful civic engagement among residents

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Civic resolutions will be the topic of the second Civic Saturday gathering Jan. 25, presented by Anythink Libraries.

Through a morning of readings, song and small-group discussion, participants will address how individuals and the community can collaboratively contribute to the communities in which we live. Discussions will last from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Anythink Wright Farms, 5877 E. 120th Ave., Thornton.

Through events like Civic Saturday, Anythink promotes the library as a town square, a safe space for people to come together for information, social interactions and civic opportunities. Anythink first hosted Civic Saturday on May 18 with the theme of neighbors.

This Civic Saturday is presented in conjunction with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Census 2020 and Adams County Elections. Attendees will receive vouchers for 50 percent off tickets for upcoming performances of the play twenty50, which will host its world premiere at the DCPA’s Space Theatre on Jan. 31.

Additionally, specialists from the U.S. Census Bureau will discuss Census 2020, including the ways in which the census can empower communities. Returning to participate in their second Civic Saturday at Anythink, Adams County Elections will also join the gathering to share important information on the 2020 elections.

“One of Anythink’s strategic initiatives focuses on building community `by connecting people, organizations and agencies with ideas and each other,’” Anythink Director of Innovations and Brand Strategy Stacie Ledden said in a news release. “By hosting Civic Saturdays at the library, we’re creating an environment for people to do just that - connect with local organizations and, most importantly, each other in more meaningful ways. This helps strengthen our community and helps us understand what it means to be an active citizen.”

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.

“Civic Saturday is a gathering for people who believe that showing up and working together will strengthen our democracy,” Eric Liu, Citizen University founder, said in the release. “We connect as neighbors and strangers, we reflect on the moral challenges of our times, and we develop habits of being responsible for each other. Bringing yourself fully into community is a practice, and Civic Saturday is where you can renew and restore that practice.”

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. To provide appropriate accommodations, online registration is suggested at anythinklibraries.org, or call 303-405-3200.

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