[RECORDING] Make Your Community Count! Public Libraries & the Census Today

Published 8/11/2020 4:15 PM CT

Make Your Community Count! Public Libraries and the Census Today

A Census 2020 Reboot Event hosted by Illinois Heartland Library System

Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, 1-2 p.m. on Zoom

Please note: due to technical difficulties incurred, the recording starts approximately 10 minutes into the event.



The Census is much more than just a headcount.

Data collected in the census will help determine the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states, counties, and municipalities each year for things like infrastructure, health care, and food assistance.

Census data will also help determine each local Illinois community's representation at both the state and federal levels.

The deadline for responding to the 2020 Census has been ***MOVED UP*** to Sept. 30, 2020. Is your library ready? Join us for a Census reboot event featuring Joe Natale and a panel of public library staff working to ensure a complete count in Illinois.

Featured Speaker

Joe Natale, Chief Deputy Director of the Illinois State Library and Census 2020 Complete Count Committee Member


  • Joe Natale, Illinois State Library and Census 2020 Complete Count Committee
  • Lauren ChambersThe Urbana Free Library
  • Diana Donahoo, Centralia Regional Library District
  • Johnna Schultz, Effingham Public Library
  • Ashley Stewart, Caseyville Public Library

Through this event you will learn:

  • The newest Census 2020 timeline, the real response deadline, and what the April 1 day meant
  • The status of the Census count in Illinois and what it means for your community
  • What public libraries are doing to promote the Census mid-pandemic
  • How your library can get your Census efforts back on track or develop plans now - and why you should make it a priority


This event has passed. Please watch the event recording above or on YouTube.