Editorials

Library: Living Library a most unique event 2009.03.25

Stair Public Library has given residents an array of quality programming over the years, ranging from author visits to a traveling circus to the Smithsonian Barn Again project.

Several remarkable programs have entertained patrons of all ages, yet this weekend’s event is certainly the most unique yet.

With Saturday morning’s Living Library, Morenci joins a select group in offering this international program. Looking through the Living Library schedule for March, programs were scheduled in four locations in Canada, two in England, once in Scotland, four times in Australia and once in Tucson, Arizona.

At the top of the list on March 28, there’s Stair Public Library, Morenci, Michigan, USA.

The rarity of the program doesn’t make it good, of course. It’s what transpires during the course of event that brings out the value of the Living Library.

The program was started several years ago in Denmark in an effort to dispel stereotypes that people develop about others. It’s a living library because the books are live people, not stories printed on paper.

Check out a book called Liberal or Witch or Teen Mother or Muslim and find out what’s really on their mind. You might think you know what makes an Agnostic tick, but then again, maybe your stereotypes are getting in the way.