Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New League of Women Voters Website Provides Critical Voter Information

Local Library Websites Offer Direct Link to

Voters across the nation will want to check out the latest online tool offered by the League of Women Voters, Vote 411, which helps people register to vote and offers information on voting requirements and state deadlines. 

The Vote 411 tool allows users to build an online voter's guide, view political races, compare candidate positions side by side, and print out "ballots" that can be used to remind them to vote on Election Day. The tool also provides visitors with helpful voting information, candidate statements, and details on current issues.

The American Library Association is supporting Vote 411 in the wake of the ALA Council's unanimous passing of the resolution opposing voter suppression at the recent 2012 ALA Annual Conference. "Librarians recognize the crucial connection between citizens' voting and democracy. We want to make this terrific tool available to every librarian in the country," said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association's Washington office.  To increase access to the Vote411 site, local libraries across the country are adding a direct link from their own sites to provide library patrons with direct access to Vote411.

To visit the website, click here.

Connect Kids with This Year's Elections!
Two very special resources you can use to help the young people in your life engage with this year's elections are the interdisciplinary anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and its companion website,

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out was created by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance as a collaborative effort by over one hundred award-winning authors and illustrators. Our White House overflows with fascinating essays, stories, letters, illustrations, comics, and more.

The companion educational website,, expands the book content with additional stories and articles and also provides activities and discussion questions related to book topics. The Our White House Presidential Campaign and Election Kit for Kids is the most recent addition to this site, which has been named a Great Web Site for Kids by the American Library Association!

Both Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and are projects created by the NCBLA to not only promote literacy, but to also excite people of all ages about our nation’s rich history. Learn more about how parents, teachers, and librarians can inspire young people using the Our White House resources in the online article "For Educators: Using Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and in the Classroom."
Our White House is available
in both hardcover and paperback from Candlewick Press.
Ask for it at a library or bookstore near you!