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Libraries around the United States are helping get the word out about the 2020 Census:

What is the census?
The census is a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every 10 years. Not only is the census required by the Constitution, but it’s critically important to communities because census data is used to determine everything from representation in Congress to allocation of federal and state funds. $675 billion will be distributed annually for schools, roads, and other public services, all based on census information. In addition, the demographic data is used by businesses to determine, for example, where to build new supermarkets, and by emergency responders to locate injured people after natural disasters.

How will the census impact my community?
Information learned through the census determines how funds are distributed to states, counties and communities. This money, in turn, can be spent on everything from public schools to hospitals to public works. In addition, after each census, state officials will review and redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in Illinois to account for population shifts.

What questions does the census ask?
The census asks how many people are in your household and whether the home is owned or rented. You'll be asked to count the number of people, including babies and people who may not have a permanent address, who are living or staying in your home. You’ll be asked to answer questions about age, race or ethnic identity, and relationships of people living at your address to you.

How long will it take to fill out?
The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Can I refuse to answer a question?
You can skip questions, submit an incomplete census form and still be included in the head count. Returning a partially filled-out questionnaire may result in a follow-up phone call or visit from a census worker.

What if I don’t respond at all?
Everyone living in the United States is required to be counted as part of the Census, and because the data is so important, the Census Bureau will send you a reminder letter if you haven’t responded by April 2020. If you do not respond then, you’ll receive a paper questionnaire you can mail back. If you don’t respond to the paper questionnaire, you’ll receive a visit from a census worker.

Will I be asked about my citizenship or immigration status?
No. The 2020 Census will not include a question about citizenship. It is important that you complete the census regardless of your immigration status. Everyone deserves to be counted, and your information will be kept confidential.

How can I respond to the census?
You can respond to the census online, by phone or on a paper questionnaire. The online and phone questionnaire will be available in 13 languages. You can still complete a paper form, but these forms will only be available in English and bilingual English-Spanish.

How does the online option work?
Almost all households will receive an invitation letter in the mail with instructions for responding to the census online. The invitation will include a unique identification code called a Census ID or User ID. The online form will be optimized to allow people to respond on a smartphone, tablet or computer. Using the Census ID helps the Bureau keep track of responses and prevent duplication. However, the Census ID is not required in order to respond online or by telephone. If you don’t have your Census ID handy, you can use your address instead.

The online questionnaire will be available in 13 languages (Arabic, Chinese [Simplified], English, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese).

The Census Bureau will have a toll-free phone hotline in 13 languages for people who have questions or need help responding to the census. You can also complete the questionnaire over the phone when you call.

Is my Census data safe?
Yes! Information you submit through the census form (either online, over the phone or on paper) is kept confidential by the U.S. Census Bureau, which is a nonpartisan government agency. The Census Bureau will never share information with immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies.

Please also know that the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

Your Social Security number
Money or donations
Anything on behalf of a political party
Your bank or credit card account numbers
Where can I complete the Census?
You can complete the Census at home, over the phone or you can come use the computers at the Library!

Learn more about the Census:
Visit the official website for the 2020 Census
Learn more about how libraries are affected by the census.
Learn more about the technology used in the 2020 Census
2020 Census At A Glance gives a quick overview of key information about the census

Can I become a Census Taker?
Yes! Census positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn extra income while helping your community. You can apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.

Want more information? Read these Frequently Asked Questions.

Beginning December 10, you'll need your SWAN PIN to sign in to Hoopla. It's easy to do!  Here are instructions for iOS, Android and Web access. As always, please call us if you're having any trouble and we'll be glad to walk you through it.

What is my SWAN PIN?

Explore More Illinois is now available to CH Library cardholders!  To use this free service, you may go to "Museum Pass Programs," click on the Explore More Illinois link, choose from a variety of participating museums and attractions throughout Illinois, enter the date(s) you'd like to visit, and check out the deals available.  Some organizations offer free passes, others discounted admission.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Chicago Children's Museum and Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History are just a few of the participants.  So let's go exploring! And don't forget to check out our Museum Adventure Pass Program as well.

Just in time for our upcoming "Reading is a Blast!" Summer Reading Clubs, the library has 2 new space-themed Launchpad devices that can be checked out. Launchpads are pre-loaded tablets that do not need to be connected to the Internet. 

  • Mission Mindpower!
    Ages 5-7, Grades K-2
    Kids will explore the galaxy with games, books, and interactive learning tools that will fill their minds with knowledge about science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

  • The Intergalactic Classroom!
     Ages 3-5, Pre-K to K
    Kids will travel all over the galaxy to learn early science, technology, engineering, art, and math fundamentals against a backdrop of planets, moons, rockets, aliens and more.

CIRCULATION INFORMATION:
 - Launchpads have a 2 week loan period and an overdue fine of $1.00/day if returned past their due date.
 - Launchpads must be returned directly to the Clarendon Hills Public Library and NOT any other library.
 - Launchpads CANNOT be returned in the book drop.
 - Launchpads can only be checked out by CHPL adult card holders.

Launchpads are kept at the Circulation Desk. Please ask staff if you are interested in checking one out.

Check Mission Mindpower! for availability.
Check Intergalactic Classroom! for availability.

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