Anythink hosts Town Square 2020

Series focuses on civic engagement and celebration ~

THORNTON, Colo.–Feb. 20, 2020–This spring, Anythink is encouraging Adams County residents to discover their civic voice with Town Square 2020. From March 16-April 11, customers of all ages are invited to visit their local Anythink for programs and experiences designed to bring neighbors together for connection, reflection and action. From film screenings and community dialogues to historical performances, Anythink has partnered with a variety of local and national organizations to cultivate robust community-focused opportunities at all seven library locations. Town Square 2020 continues Anythink’s commitment to being a civic destination in Adams County.

“At Anythink, we often describe the library as a ‘town square’ – a place where people come together for civic engagement, social interaction and information,” says Anythink Director of Strategic Partnerships Stacie Ledden. “Town Square 2020 offers a diverse slate of programming across the district that appeals to people of all ages who are curious about igniting a renewed sense of civic purpose.”

Town Square 2020 follows a number of civic-focused experiences hosted by Anythink, including Better ArgumentsCivic Saturday and What Every American Should Know.

The success of such programs has helped establish the library as a safe place in the community where individuals feel confident discussing issues important to their lives. According to a 2017 study by the Pew Research Center, 78 percent of adults feel that public libraries help them find information that is trustworthy and reliable. Survey results from the aforementioned Anythink programs highlight that Adams County residents are seeking more of these gatherings, and find the library the ideal space for them.

– Town Square 2020 Programs – Below is a small sampling of upcoming Town Square 2020 programs. For a complete list, visit anythinklibraries.org.

 Harry Potter as a Tool for Social Change

Wednesday, March 18, 1-2 pm

Anythink Perl Mack, 7611 Hilltop Cir., Denver, CO 80221

Use the power of pop culture to make an impact. Join the Harry Potter Alliance to explore themes from Harry Potter that may confront your personal biases and inspire social change in your community. Appropriate for kids. Space is limited; online registration required at anythinklibraries.org.

 Can We Talk Politics… Please?

Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-7:30 pm

Anythink Wright Farms, 5877 E. 120th Ave., Thornton, CO 80602

Political disagreements are challenging, especially if our beliefs create conflict with our friends and loved ones. Join Living Room Conversations for a workshop dedicated to the art of having respectful, empathetic conversations on topics that matter. This even will incorporate small group discussion; we welcome you to bring someone you may disagree with in this space. Appropriate for adults. Space is limited; online registration required at anythinklibraries.org.

Meet Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, March 30, 1-2 pm

Anythink Brighton, 327 E. Bridge St., Brighton, CO 80601

Eleanor Roosevelt will share information about her life in 1937 during her husband’s second term as president. In this historical performance, students are invited to learn how they get involved and make a difference in the world. Best for elementary school-aged children.

Taco ’Bout Civics

Saturday, April 4, 2-3 pm

Anythink Commerce City, 7185 Monaco St., Commerce City, CO 80022

Help us decide which local taqueria is truly Commerce City’s best. Samples will be available to help inform your vote. While votes are counted, Commerce City Mayor Ben Huseman will discuss what it’s like to run for public office. Appropriate for all ages and families. Space is limited; online registration required at anythinklibraries.org.

American Creed: Documentary Screening and Discussion

Thursday, April 9, 6-8:30 pm

Anythink Wright Farms, 5877 E. 120th Ave., Thornton, CO 80602

What does it mean to be an American? What holds us together in turbulent times? American Creed (2018) features former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of Americans, all asking themselves whether a unifying set of beliefs can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us. Join us for a screening of this moving documentary, followed by facilitated conversation on American values, the state of our democracy, and the ties that bind us. To help us kick off the conversation, each attendee is encouraged to bring a personal memento – a photo, object or anything that addresses the question: Where are you from?

About Anythink
Anythink is a new style of library – a place of unlimited imagination, where play inspires creativity and lifelong learning. Anythink serves the residents of Adams County, Colo., with seven libraries and a bookmobile. With a focus on innovation, Anythink’s award-winning approach to library service is recognized by industry leaders and organizations across the globe. For more information, visit anythinklibraries.org.


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