WESTLAKE

As the Nov. 2 election approaches, Cleveland area groups are looking to help their communities become civically engaged.

In partnership with the City Club of Cleveland, the Westlake Porter Public Library is rolling out the Five Days for Democracy program. Resources and activities about voting and how to engage in local elections will be available for patrons, even after the five days of the program are over.

“We are really committed to just supporting civic engagement,” said Carla Schober, adult services librarian. “In general, libraries want our communities to be engaged in their local government and we want to empower people and make things accessible as much as possible.”

From Sept. 20 to Sept. 24, community members in Cleveland went through a series of activities about voter and civic engagement, like learning about their representatives and why voting matters.

Communication and Program Innovation Manager for the City Club of Cleveland Alyssa Raybuck said this is the organization's second year doing the program and was inspired by the YWCA Greater Cleveland’s 21-day racial equity challenge to start Five Days for Democracy.

“We decided to do it again this year with a lot of local elections happening, knowing that people are not as likely to vote in their local and town ballot elections as they are in a presidential (elections),” Raybuck said.

Along with the daily activities, reading lists were created by Cuyahoga County librarians to help supplement learning.

Schober said having a resource like this available to the public is a great way for patrons to stay engaged in their communities and local elections.

“This is what government should be for,” Schober said. “We take care here to make sure that we are trying to represent our communities as much as possible, to represent the multiple facets of our community.”

For more information about Five Days for Democracy, visit cityclub.org/fivedays.

Contact this reporter at mheideman@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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