Take some time this fall to refresh your civic knowledge. Make sure you know the basics of our Constitution and how government works, develop skills for navigating the system and get ideas for how to participate. Attend one of our classes, complete the the ImagineIF Civic Literacy Challenge or just use the resources in this Guide, there are plenty of ways to get involved and take your engagement to the next level.
To use this Guide, navigate through the tabs across the top to find resources related to each course topic. Look below for digital resources available from ImagineIF Libraries. Read course descriptions and find links to register for the Civic Literacy and Kid Citizen Challenges by clicking on the menu to the left. Plus, there you'll find 2020 Census and voter information to keep you in the know.
And don't forget to stop into any ImagineIF Libraries location to pick up your free pocket Constitution, while supplies last.
This fall, explore and appreciate the freedoms of living in the United States of America.
Find more Civics videos from Khan Academy here.
What's the difference between the House and the Senate? How do congressional investigations work? What is Federalist X actually about? Civics 101 is the podcast refresher course on the basics of how our democracy works hosted by Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice.
Find out more about the podcast and listen to episodes here.
Fake news is a serious challenge here in America and around the world. It is far from new. Fake news is common in all kinds of media, sowing confusion and negatively affecting political dialogue and decisions. In this election year it is imperative to develop the skill of detecting fake news so our voting choices are based on good, solid information. Learning to recognize fake news can also help us prevent the spread of disinformation on social media.
Read more in A Citizen's Guide to Fake News from Center for Information Technology and Society (CITS)
As a Flathead County resident, decisions are being made at every level of government that can affect your family and your community. As a democracy, the government has been set up to allow the citizenry to engage with decision makers whenever possible, so as to reflect the values and needs of the people that the government was set up to serve. Engagement at a basic level can take the form of voting for elected representatives that will best represent our views. While important, voting is not the only way to have an affect on the policies and laws that shape your civic life. This guide was designed to provide ideas and contacts from a governmental perspective on how you can become engaged in the issues that you care about on a State, County, and City or Town level. There are many other ways to become engaged that are not included in this guide, such as involvement in clubs, organizations, grassroots movements, and local non-profits.
Read more from Getting Involved in Local Government from the City of Kalispell