Civic Literacy and a Civic Lab

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual Conference
Virtual Conference

Event Details

February 22, 2018
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EST

Civic Literacy and a Civic Lab 

In late summer of 2016, Skokie (IL) Public Library created a Civic Lab--a mobile, pop-up initiative to increase civic discussion and civic literacy among library patrons of all ages. Hear from Christine Goertz and Amy Koester, two members of the Civic Lab team, to learn about the background of the Civic Lab, how many departments come together to support civic literacy, and the three types of pop-up events that make up the majority of Civic Lab appearances. They’ll also discuss the lessons learned from a year and a half of civic literacy programming. Participants will leave the webinar with ideas for implementing civic literacy initiatives in their own libraries.

(No need to travel to the Indiana State Library, you can attend from the comfort of your own library!)


Christine Goertz is a Collection Development Librarian for the Youth Services Department at the Skokie Public Library. She is currently at work preparing for an upcoming Civic Lab pop-up focused on Endangered Species.

 Amy Koester is the Youth & Family Program Supervisor at Skokie Public Library. Her favorite Civic Lab pop-up topics have been those exploring CRISPR, the overlooked accomplishments of women, and net neutrality.

The Indiana State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities.  If you require an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in this program, service or activity of the Indiana State Library, please contact Kimberly Brown-Harden ( or 317-650-8492) in advance of the webinar/program in which you would like to participate.  Alternatively, you can contact Faye Brookins, the Indiana State Library’s ADA Coordinator ( or 317-233-1184).  Notice of a needed accommodation should be provided as soon as possible to allow time for the State Library to arrange for the accommodation; however, notice of a needed accommodation must be provided to one of the above contacts no later than 48 hours in advance.

Event Type(s): ISL Webinar
Presenter: Christine Goertz and Amy Koester, Skokie Public Library
Kimberly Brown-Harden
(317) 650-8492