Civic & Social Literacy


What is Civic & Social Literacy?

          Civic & Social Literacy is the knowledge and skills to participate, contribute to, and improve the community

Why does Civic & Social Literacy Matter? (statistics taken from

  • Only 42% of the state’s registered voters voted in the 2010 gubernatorial election.
  • Eighty-four percent of proficient adult readers voted in the 2000 presidential election, compared with 53% of below-basic readers.
  • Good readers make good citizens. Regular readers are more than twice as likely as non-readers to volunteer or do charity work.
  • Only 55% of all Americans know that Congress shares authority over U.S. foreign policy with the President. Almost a quarter incorrectly believe Congress shares this power with the United Nations.
  • In a survey that asked 12 questions on well-publicized current events, 18- to 29-year-olds had an average of only 5.5 correct. Nearly half could not name the Speaker of the House or the president of Russia, and 60% did not know how many American troops have been killed in Iraq.


How does the Library support Civic & Social Literacy?

  • Quarterly Library Think Tank Events
  • Friends of the Library
  • Book Displays the coordinate with community partner events
  • Community driven volunteer events