The Forum @ the Library seeks to be a catalyst for civic and community engagement in Clark County by providing a neutral environment for citizens to come together, learn about, and discuss differing viewpoints on local issues in a spirit of respect and discovery.
What is it?
Democracy depends on citizens engaging with each other to push and pull on topics that matter to them. When community members discuss issues, share viewpoints and hear other opinions in a neutral setting, they build connections and foster a climate of respect and problem solving. Democracy is strengthened and communities thrive in this environment.
Forum @ the Library is a popular series held regularly at Vancouver Community Library in partnership with Washington State University, Vancouver -- Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service's Initiative for Public Deliberation. Forum @ the Library’s steering committee is composed of community members and library staff who are committed to good governance by informed citizenry and lively, respectful dialogue among community members.
Forum @ the Library events are sponsored by Friends of Vancouver Community Library.