Staff Picks categorized 'civic-education'

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Hear Me Out: Online Security and Data Protection

On February 24, 2021, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be hosting a 'Hear Me Out' discussion about online security and data protection. For more information about these topics, check out these titles.
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Hear Me Out: Vaccines

On Wednesday, January 27, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be hosting a Hear Me Out discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine, featuring a Q and A with a public health specialist. Along with the Hear Me Out dialogue, these books will help you understand the science behind vaccines; the debates surrounding their use; the diseases they prevent; and their sometimes-troubling history.
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Talking With Children About Elections, Violence and Current Events

Coping with the flood of information available these days can be challenging, even when utterly unexpected events aren’t overtaking us. Talking calmly and comfortingly with children about current events may feel like it’s almost impossible. But whether difficult conversations are smooth or tricky for your family, sharing a book can be a good starting point.
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The Supreme Court and Its Justices

If you’ve found yourself wondering just how the Supreme Court works or want to know more about the Justices who serve in the highest court in the United States, check out the titles below.
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U.S. Economy

The U.S. economy is complex and has a long history. It’s been through good times and bad, and we are all affected by its ups and downs. Want to learn more about it? Check out these books.
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The Road to Voting Rights

2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment and women’s hard-won right to vote. But racism and disenfranchisement meant that, still, not everyone could do the same. As election day approaches, check out these books to see how 1920 was a victory--but only a beginning.  
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Elections and Voting

Take a look at these books for a variety of ages to learn more about elections and voting.
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From the Ballot to the Bully Pulpit: Books on Presidents and Elections

It’s easy to get swept up in the current election cycle and its attendant outrages and clashes, and this year is no different. There’s so much more to read about the U.S. Presidents than staid official biographies. This booklist will provide you with multiple entries into the subject of elections, especially presidential ones, and the subject of voting in the United States. 
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If you want to explore the idea of citizenship, or if you are working toward becoming a US citizen, check out these books.