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Library offering month-long series to help voters get ready for the election
Academic and library leader Vartan Gregorian said it best when he wrote:
“The library is central to our free society. It is a critical element in the free exchange of information at the heart of our democracy.”
His words as inspiration, we’ll once again open our doors in preparation of the election to allow for the free exchange of information. It all begins on Tuesday, October 2.

Ballot Explainer | October 2 | Central Library

Professor Kim Nadler from Sacramento State University’s Project for an Informed Electorate along with representatives from the Legislative Analyst’s Office presented the 11 measures on the ballot to help voters make an informed decision before casting their vote.

Watch any or all of the measure presentations.


Listen to America Town Hall | October 8 | Central Library

The Huffington Post hosted a conversation about transparency, accountability and how to define justice in Sacramento in the wake of the Stephon Clark shooting.
The conversation was moderated by Sacramento Bee editorial board member and columnist Erika Smith and featured the Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn, Women for Equality Founder Anita Ross, Kathleen N. Mastagni, a partner with Mastagni Holstedt legal firm that represents clients in cases pertaining to officer-involved shootings, and CAIR California Executive Director Basim Elkarra.
The event was part of the Huffington Post’s "Listen to America" RV tour — a two-week journey through five Western states to talk about issues affecting communities in California, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona and Colorado.

Watch the discussion.

Democracy Café | October 21 | Central Library

Best-selling author Christopher Phillips will guide a community discussion on the timely and timeless questions about open society to help bridge the political and philosophical divides among us. Participants are encouraged to be ready to discuss how we decide what is reliable news and what we think makes America great. 1 p.m.

ballot explainer | various dates and locations

The League of Women Voters offers a nonpartisan explanation of the 12 measures on the 2018 California ballot. Learn about the provisions, fiscal effects, main arguments for and against and the supporters and opponents of each measure. Bring your questions and your sample ballots.

October 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Carmichael Library


October 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Orangevale Library


Storytime elections | Various dates and locations

Every voice matters, especially the littlest ones. To engage children in the process of voting we’ll be adding a small election to our regular toddler storytime. Each and every child will have the opportunity to cast their vote — for their favorite storybook character. Ages 0-5.
November 1 at 10 a.m.
Rio Linda Library
November 6 at 10:30 a.m.
South Natomas Library
Other dates being scheduled.

teens Pre-register to vote | Various dates and locations

Teens from our Teen Advisory Board will work to pre-register fellow teens to vote in 2020. Find them at voting centers at libraries around the region to get your Future Voter sticker. Ages 16-17.

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