Do you remember that there’s a census this year? How about a presidential election? (OK, it’s kind of hard to forget that one.) Still, the COVID-19 pandemic has definitely dulled how much attention we’ve all been able to pay to these major pieces of our democracy. These processes aren’t going anywhere, though, and the crisis is showing the need for honest public discourse. That’s why we invited Jessica Bayless, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s lead librarian for civic and social information, to discuss these topics and more.