Libraries serve many roles in their communities. Civic Engagement @ the Library emphasizes the library’s role as a place where residents have or receive the information they need to:
- Support and promote democracy.
- Fulfill their civic responsibilities at the local, state and national levels.
- Fully participate in community decision making.
The UDPL supports PA Forward , the Pennsylvania Library Association’s 21st Century Literacy Initiative, which identifies civic and social literacy as one of its five pillars of knowledge essential for success.
They define civic and social literacy as: Engaging in discourse while remaining respectful of other individuals of varying opinions; understanding the importance of community engagement, which allows individuals to interact with one another in a participatory manner; invoking societal change