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to those who do not complete the census online and will eventually receive a paper questionnaire. The census may also be completed by phone, for those who would rather call. Census workers will then go door-to-door to follow up in per- son with all households that hav- en’t responded. All information gathered by the Good News You Can Use PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID CANTON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 Canton News P.O. Box 1163, Canton, MS 39046 • March 5, 2020 • Vol. 6, No. 3 • Canton, Mississippi Special to The Canton News The United States Census has oc- curred every ten years since 1790, with the chief goal of counting every single person living in the United States at that time. The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted during the census. It is designed to determine how many seats in the House of Representa- tives that each state receives, and will be adjusted accordingly, if necessary. State officials redistrict the congressional and legislative districts accordingly to account for population shifts in each state. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funding flows back to states and local com- munities each year based on cen- sus data. That money is then spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public By Lori Lycette works and other vital programs. The federal grants are based on population size, not needs. Taking part is a mandatory, civic duty which allows each individual to play a part in this nation’s de- mocracy. During March, most households will receive an invitation by mail to respond online to the census. Reminder letters will be mailed Census Bureau is kept strictly con- fidential and may only be used for statistical purposes. By law, the census responses cannot be used against anyone by any government agency or court in any way. Title 13 of the U.S. Code states that no identifiable information about in- dividuals, households or business- es may be released to anyone, even law enforcement agencies. Any vi- olation will result in a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or up to five years in prison. Responding to the census helps communities get the funding they need and allows businesses to make data-driven decisions that will help grow the economy. “The census count is extremely important. We recently had a rep- resentative from the census bureau Participation in the U.S. Census is very important cont. on page 2 The Madison County Library System (MCLS) recently spent a day at the State Capitol and advo- cated for the immense amount of services that libraries provide and how those services impact their communities. Representatives from around the state rallied at an “MLA Day at the Capitol.” The Canton Public Library’s Digi- tal Innovation Lab was partially on display. The 3D printer produced Mississippi key chains efficiently, while laptops displayed free ser- vices and resources from Magno- lia, a robust, cloud-based database software. Magnolia is critical to the State’s educational infrastruc- ture, job building skills, language learning software called Rocket Language, and SAT, ACT and oth- er test prep software, like Learning Special to The Canton News Express. Magnolia is used by every pub- lic school in Mississippi and in all of the state’s public community colleges and universities, but it is only partially funded. To be fully funded, the Mississippi Library Commission (MLC) would need an additional $350,000. The MLC is already planning another day of demonstrating to state representa- tives how libraries help people find their place in the world and bring people together, and also how the library is a lifeline to many fami- lies, college students, diverse cul- tural groups and the communities they serve. Community and cultural hub, the Madison County Library Sys- tem, will have a pop-up library at the Capitol again on March 10, another “MLA Day at the Capi- tol,” showcasing the bookmobile/ Canton Library makes an appearance at the Capitol outreach services, youth services, adult services and other resources. Public libraries embody the values of democracy by offering free ac- cess to knowledge, stretching far beyond books, and offer thousands of free resources that require qual- ified staff to teach and adminis- ter. To hire qualified staff to assist patrons, the Personnel Incentive Grant (PIG) needs to be increased cont. on page 2 Special to The Canton News Canton Library Branch Manager Christine Greenwood, Senator Barbara Blackmon, and Madison County Library System Director Tonja Johnson. 8:30-6:00 M-F 8:30-12:30 Sat Stace Cauthe Sander & Bil M b 1301 East Peace Street, Canton 39046 601-859-4212 LOCAL HOMETOWN SERVICE Chec ou our complet lin of CBD product . Cream , drop an capsule for patient wit pai , depressio an other condition !