Civic Engagement


Civic Engagement

Find resources to help you learn about and get involved in your community. Get information on voting, social issues, and the library resources you’ll need to engage with your community and your government representatives on topics that matter.


Check back here regularly for upcoming and recorded civic engagement-related library programs, reading lists, blogs by library staff, and links to digital information resources.

Civic Engagement Blog Posts

Making Democracy Work: Tools for Finding the Facts

League of Women Voters sponsored program on how to find the facts for the upcoming elections.

Homelessness – Our County’s Challenges and Solutions

What are Contra Costa County public and private organizations doing to find effective solutions to the challenges of homelessness?

Wildfire Resources

The Library hosted an event all about wildfire preparedness with the League of Women Voters, Diablo Valley and West Contra Costa chapters.

Online Resources

Explora High School and Beyond

Circus of Smiles

Sep 28th | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Family-friendly event filled with excitement and theatrics to get people laughing, participating, and hoping for more.


Provides access to current and archived coverage from local, U.S. and global news sources. This resource also provides free access to the East Bay Times from December 2018 – present, and Contra Costa Times from June 1995 – April 2016.

New York Times Digital

This news institution has been around for almost as long as California has been a state. They take journalism seriously, and provide information in engaging ways.

Publication Finder

Like Explora, this provides ready reference on many topics but it goes a step further, providing points of view for or against an issue, helping to craft an informed stance.

Publication Finder

This resource lists a host of publications collected across all of the Library’s digital offerings. It’s a great first stop on your quest for information.

Foundation Directory Online

Find funding sources for you or your non-profit. This resource lists foundations, corporate donors, grants, scholarships and more.

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