Library Director's Message
Virginia Sharp March
Census data shapes the future of our community and defines our voice in Congress. The information gathered from the census influences the distribution of federal dollars to communities – school lunches, plans for highways, support for families in need. Census results impact our community every day. OCPL realizes the importance of everyone being counted and wants to encourage everyone to be counted during Census 2020.
Census materials will start to arrive in homes by Mid-March. Response to the Census is designed to take place primarily online, yet more than 24 million Americans do not have high-speed internet at home. America’s libraries are providing free public access to computers and the internet so that everyone can respond online. During the months of March and April, guest passes will be provided free of charge at Onslow County Public Library for those without library cards in order to complete the census. The Census Bureau will begin in-person visits in May, although households can still respond online, by phone or by mail until July 31st.
Military personnel stationed at a military installation in the United States will be counted at their usual residence either on-base or off-base. If stationed stateside but deployed overseas during the census, they will be counted at their usual residence in the U.S.
Unfortunately, there may be some scammers intent on collecting personal information. The Census Bureau will not email or text people, nor will it request bank or credit card number, Social Security Number, or payment or donation. The Census Bureau has a dedicated page to address rumors and false information: https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/rumors.html.
Complete information about the Census can be found at https://www.2020census.gov.
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