The Joliet Public Library announced on Monday that it will assist people in filling out 2020 Census forms with the help of a grant awarded to the library.
The library received a $40,000 grant from the project Reaching Across Illinois Library System's Census 2020: It Counts and the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Joliet will join other libraries, social service agencies, and county organizations assisting populations defined as hard to count by the Illinois Department of Human Services. They include children under 5 years old, renters, people living close to poverty, older adults, homeless people, and people who are young and mobile.
"Joliet Public Library plans to honor the commitments made in our grant application through tablets, cases, charging stations, programming, translation services, marketing materials and $5 incentive print cards for anyone who completes the census at the library," Executive Director Megan Millen said in a news release.
The library can provide free Internet access and other assistance to help people complete the census questionnaire, the release said.
Census counts are used to determine federal funding for local government including libraries, the release noted.