Census 2020




Wyoming Counts

COVID-19 & Census 2020 Updates:

FOR PATRONS

Every person living in the United States is required to be counted in the census, regardless of occupation, citizenship, residence, or age. In addition to phone call and mail-in submissions, the 2020 Census is the first ever census to allow forms to be completed online. The census is safe, easy, and important. The answers you submit to the Census Bureau are protected by law and cannot be used against you in any way.

Remember: The official United States Census will never ask you for your social security number, bank account, credit card, money, or donations, nor will the Census Bureau contact you on behalf of a political party.

Watch the video below for more information about what the census is, does, is used for, how it started, and why every person in the U.S. must be counted.

Follow these links to documents and websites with more information:

FOR TRUSTEES

This is the first time the census will be available for online completion, and for many patrons, this will be their first time being counted. The Wyoming State Library’s LSTA funds (averaging nearly $900,000 per year in recent years) are based on census numbers. More Wyoming residents counted means more funding for Wyoming libraries, as well as continuing and additional resources available to our patrons.

Here, you can find ways to advocate for a Complete Count in your community, more information on why the census is so important to Wyoming, and how to be a Census Champion.

FOR LIBRARY STAFF

This is the first time the census will be available for online completion, and for many patrons, this will be their first time being counted in their current circumstances or their first time being counted at all. There is a lot of information out there regarding the U.S. Census, which is overwhelming to both staff and patrons—and that’s okay! The Wyoming State Library is here to guide your library staff and patrons through the most crucial information on the census, and our civic responsibility to complete the census questionnaire.

Below, you will find helpful videos, a library toolkit with streamlined information, marketing resources, and resources for training and more information. Beginning in January, the Wyoming State Library will also be sending out training emails on various census topics and situations. Contact Jessica Dawkins at jessica.dawkins@wyo.gov to assure your library and staff is included in this opportunity.

Further Resources

Library Marketing Downloads

FOR SCHOOL AND CHILDREN’S LIBRARIANS

Below, you will find helpful videos, marketing resources, and resources for training and more information specifically for students.

For more information, contact the Wyoming State Library’s Census 2020 advocates, Jamie Markus, Brian Greene, and Jessica Dawkins at statelibrary@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6333.


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