Planning contiunues for Morenci's Living Library 3.11.09

Written by David Green.

Stair Public Library is still looking for a few good Books for its interactive Living Library.

Agnostic, Alcoholic, Conservative, Feminist, Hillbilly, Police Officer, Religious Cult Member, Senior Citizen, and Witch are among the titles already on the shelves.

Suggestions are still being accepted for  people who represent stereotypes such as Hunter, Homosexual, Muslim, Jew and High School Drop-Out—or any other stereotype that might be prevalent in this area.

The Living Library, planned at Stair Public Library Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is called “living” because the Books are people, people representing stereotypes.

Readers will “borrow” Books—for half hour loan periods—and have a conversation with them. During that time, both the Books and the Readers can ask each other questions and talk about the stereotype.

The goal of the Living Library is to promote dialogue and tolerance and reduce prejudices through interaction. Readers may be able to renew Books for another half hour if there are no other requests. Readers of all stripes are encouraged to participate in the Living Library—it’s not necessary to have raging prejudices to benefit from the program.

Anyone with suggestions for Books should contact Colleen Leddy at 517/458-6510 or 517/458-7642.

For more information, go to www.living-library.org and click “About.” Click “Activities” and scroll down to March 28 to see Morenci’s listing.

 

• The Living Library project began in Denmark in 2000 when the “Stop the Violence” youth organization was encouraged to come up with an event for the Roskilde Festival that would focus on non-violence and encourage dialogue.

The project spread throughout Europe and Australia before hitting the United States last year.

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