What is Civics?
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, civics is “a social science dealing with the rights and duties of citizens”. This means voting, local and state government systems, federal government systems, grassroots organizations, the Constitution, and pretty much any other topic you may have (or have not) slept through during Social Studies classes. At the gritty bottom, civics is essentially your responsibilities, your actions, and your identity as a member of your community.
Civics has become a hot topic in recent years, especially in relations to the Anti-Racism movement and political strife. This page will serve as your little civics corner on the internet with a focus on Windsor, CT! The United States is made up of tons of tiny communities like ours here in Windsor so how we treat our community and what we do to make it thrive really impacts the U.S. on the whole!
If you’re interested in volunteering in a community civics project, please e-mail the Teen Librarian (Alex) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civics education in America in a nutshell.
Get unbiased profiles and listings on political candidates all over the country.
Check out the Center for Civic Education.
The National Archives has a wealth of information on American History.
Speaking about American History, go here for the lowdown on what REALLY happened.
Data USA is great for finding demographical facts and statistics.
Make sure those debates with your friends are well informed!
A civics education blog that keeps you up to date on all things civics.
Newseum combines history and news in one place. Perfect for the future journalist!
Check out this nationwide art initiative to get citizens involved with civics!
Do you want to get involved but don’t know where to start?
The Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard University developed a 10-Questions framework for young people and teens to self-reflect and learn how to actively engage with civics in a meaningful way. Libraries in Massachusetts got involved with developing ways to engage with the framework in 2019 through projects they conducted with teens in their communities! While it’s not the only answer on how to get involved with civics, these questions provide great personal contemplation to look in to yourself to discover what matters to you and why and what you can do to be actively engaged with your activist passions. Take a look at the infographic to learn more about these steps! Want to learn more about the 10-Questions and Young Changemakers in 21st-Century Libraries? Go here!
Want to support civics and community organizations? Check out some of these great humans!