Didn’t receive your 2020 United States Census form in the mail? Having trouble figuring out how to complete it? The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor has an answer for you.
On Monday, September 21, the Suffolk County Cooperative Library System’s mobile unit will be in Sag Harbor from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer patrons assistance with their census forms.
It’s important, according to library director Catherine Creedon, because “we are dramatically undercounted in the census” as shown on the census website, www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us.
A map of eastern Long Island shows that only between 30 and 40 percent of the people who live in Sag Harbor Village, North Haven Village, and Noyac have completed their census forms as compared to the last count in 2010. Those numbers are even worse heading south toward Bridgehampton and Sagaponack, where only 15 to 30 percent of residents have completed their census forms. The deadline for completing the census is September 30.
Ms. Creedon said librarians can also provide help, but due to the pandemic, library hours are limited, so it is best to call 631-725-0049 to schedule an appointment.
Accurate counts on the census are important because they are used for determining how much federal aid for everything from schools to infrastructure that an area receives.
Ms. Creedon said it is likely the onset of the coronavirus pandemic at about the same time the census got underway is probably the biggest reason for the slow response.
“So many things seemed more crucial in that moment,” she said. “But now this is a moment for us to look forward to reshaping our community.”
The library’s mobile unit will also be at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton on Saturday, September 19, and at the Quogue Library on Thursday, September 24.