image of Key to Community Voting Participation ToolkitThe Key to Community Voter Engagement project provides adult learners, library literacy staff, and library literacy volunteers with training and resources to lead discussions and workshops that demystify elections and the voting process. Learner leaders provide peer-to-peer coaching, help build confidence in other learners, and develop their own presentation skills.

The project:

  • Helps adult learners become more engaged in their communities and better prepared to participate in local, state, and national elections;
  • Provides accessible and welcoming voter education and community engagement training to help more people grow the good in their community;
  • Helps learners achieve many of the community member goals in the Roles and Goals framework.

The Key to Community Voting Participation Toolkit (January 2020) is full of resources and information to help workshop leaders help others learn about voting. It includes a complete outline for a 90-minute voting workshop that can be broken into two or three sessions to suit the audience.

Find out more and sign up for updates on the project web page.


This civic education and voter education project is led by Common Knowledge and Linda Sakamoto-Jahnke of Berkeley Public Library. It is developed in partnership with adult learners in California’s library literacy programs.

The project updates the original Key to Community Voter Involvement Project project that was co-created by Common Knowledge and California Library Literacy Services learner leaders in the 1990s and 2000s. It also updates past California Library Literacy Services nonpartisan civic education materials and shares them with learners, tutors, and staff along with the Easy Voter Guide. The Key to Community project dramatically increased voter turnout, and research shows that the peer-to-peer demystification and encouragement around voting was significant in changing behavior.

The Key to Community project is part of the Literacy Initiatives program which is supported in, in whole or in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.