Census 2020 in Montana Libraries

Montana Census 2020 logo

Montana libraries have a crucial role to play in helping Montana communities attain a complete count for the 2020 Census.  In Spring, 2020, most people who are currently living in Montana will be expected to voluntarily report online or by phone. Paper forms are going to be a lesser-used method to collect this information. Since most libraries provide free access to WiFi and public computers, it is expected that many people will find their way to the library to complete their forms.  

Libraries have a stake in promoting civic engagement in their communities, and the decennial census is a foundational responsibility of all who reside in the United States, under Article 1, Section 2, of the US Constitution.

Your State Library is here to help by providing materials, information, and training to Montana Libraries and by coordinating a statewide Census 2020 at the Library week April 19-25, 2020.

From Your State Library: 

Census 2020 in Montana Libraries TOOLKIT (pdf)

Slide deck for Fall Montana State Library Census 2020 in the Library training

Census 2020 in the Library webinar - 11/13/2019 recording or 12/10/2019 recording

Sign up to be your library’s Census Champion (staff and/or board members)

A Census Champion is the person designated at the library who commits to staying informed and sharing information about the Census with other library staff.

Montana Census & Economic Development Center:

Montana Census storymap

Complete Count Committes in Montana

For Schools & Libraries 

Information for Tribal members

American Library Association:

Census 2020 - advocacy, training, programming resources from ALA

Programming ideas:

GeoCivics – conduct an interactive activity to learn about how the Census is used to apportion legislative districts

Partner with a local nonprofit to present a Census program - find out more at the MT Nonprofit Association page here.

My First Census – a picture day at the Library for kids under the age of 10, and their parents – use this photo prop coloring graphic or create a frame with graphics such as Montana Complete Count logo or Census 2020. 

Book display – counting books, books related to elections, apportionment, and gerrymandering, books about migration patterns and US population distribution, books about the US Constitution; consider this list of books with census themes from Pew

After school activities and lesson plans

Cool handouts of fun facts for young children and families with Holiday themes