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Embracing the 2010 census


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Presentation at the 2010 Louisiana Association of School Librarians

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Embracing the 2010 census

  1. 1. Embracing the 2010 Census Brought to you by the letter C and the number 10
  2. 2. What is the Census? • Acts as a snapshot of America at a given time • Counts every resident in the United States • Is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years • Is 100% confidential—Census workers take an oath to keep your personal information private
  3. 3. Who is counted? Every man, woman, and child residing in the United States, as well as U.S. military personnel overseas. This also includes foreign citizens who are living in the United States—whether legal or illegal.
  4. 4. Why is it important? The results of the Census (population counts) are used to determine how much funding different communities receive from federal funds. This means money for hospitals, schools, bridges, roads, emergency personnel, etc.
  5. 5. Why is it important? This also determines how many seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives. Remember, this only comes around once a decade, so the results have a lasting impact on each community.
  6. 6. When is the big day? Forms will go out to each household in March. Forms are due back on April 1st. Census workers knock on doors April through June—only households that have not returned the form.
  7. 7. How can I help? Create a display in your school about the Census. Throw a Census party on April 1st. Encourage teachers to incorporate the Census into their lesson plans.
  8. 8. How can I help? Hold a Census raffle using the envelopes the Census form comes in. Encourage others in your area to promote the Census. Take advantage of the 2010 Census website.
  9. 9. Where can I go for help? You can contact the Dallas Regional Office: 1-800-835-9752 And visit
  10. 10. LASL MidWinter Conference Saturday, January 30, 2010 Sonnet Erin Brown Head of Federal Documents Earl K. Long Library University of New Orleans Visit us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: