National Debt: How Can We Pay the Bills? Join the Conversation

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Should we agree to make sacrifices now? Strengthen checks and balances? Invest in growth first? Share your thoughts in a nonpartisan community forum, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. Co-hosted by Virginia Beach Public Library and Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement , the event is free and open to the public.

The goal of the event is to provide citizens an opportunity to meet and engage in a civil discussion about the common concern of national debt. Moderators from VBPL and HRCCE will lead the discussion using a National Issues Forum guide, presenting an overview of the topic and three options for deliberation.  Registration begins Jan. 16. Call 385-0150 to attend.

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A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, eight area libraries, a law library and a bookmobile. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early childhood literacy classes and local history archives. In addition to books in a variety of formats (print, audio and downloadable), the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, as well as movies, music and a variety of specialty collections. In 2010, the library saw 1.9 million people through its doors and checked out more than 3.3 million items. Visit for more information.

About Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement

Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement structures and facilitates civic engagement processes that provide for the productive collaboration between citizens and their governments. For more information, visit