Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2020

March 17, 2015
Summer in Collinsville Opens Doors for McCauley
Summer in Collinsville Opens Doors for McCauley

In the summer of 2014, the 21-year-old McCauley channeled her passion for reading and community action to the North Alabama community of Collinsville as a Living Democracy student.  She partnered with the Collinsville Public Library, helping them with summer reading classes for children.

By Crystal Rawls
August 21, 2014
Magazine Launch
Magazine Launch

Stories from Collinsville, Elba, Linden and Selma are featured in the first issue of Living Democracy, a magazine that captures the spirit of these diverse Alabama communities.

By Professor Nan Fairley
July 29, 2014
Summer in Collinsville Brings Unforgettable Gifts
Summer in Collinsville Brings Unforgettable Gifts

I cried the day I had to leave Collinsville. There was not a day during my ten weeks that I looked forward to leaving, and the final week of my internship crept up on me and reality hit hard. Through my tears I told my mom, “I can’t leave here for good. I keep believing I’m just taking a break and I’ll be back.”

By Shaye McCauley
July 23, 2014
Car Care 101 in Collinsville
Car Care 101 in Collinsville

I’ve been lucky to have several father figures in my life, ranging from soccer coaches to teachers to family friends, and each one has taught me invaluable lessons about the world around me. This summer, Mark Shatzel—one half of the couple I’ve been living with—taught me the basics of Car Care 101.

By Shaye McCauley
July 17, 2014
Collinsville's Library Boasts Unique History and Bright Future
Collinsville's Library Boasts Unique History and Bright Future

The site of the Collinsville Public Library has always been versatile. In 1925, it was the city’s first public movie theatre. Later, it was transformed into a post office, boarding house, and a general merchandise store.

By Shaye McCauley

Last Updated: June 23, 2020