Libraries

Annie Caplan

Annie Caplan

Questions? Want to start a Living Room Conversations effort in your local library? Write to Annie at the form below.

Welcome!

Welcome! I’m Living Room Conversations’ Libraries Partner. As a former librarian and community conversations organizer through the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, I have seen how transformational it can be for communities to come together and engage in respectful and meaningful dialogue through libraries. If you are connected to a library as an employee or supporter, or would like to ask your librarians to host Living Room Conversations, this page is for you!

Libraries have long served as core community leaders and agents of change. Our library community is made up of libraries across the country that are bringing their community members together to connect and participate in civil dialogue with one another. Living Room Conversations can be a one-time event as well as a continual library program. Our easy to replicate format engages community members and helps libraries be welcoming and inclusive community centers.

 

What Do We Offer?

We want to set you up for success. That’s why we have a Host Trainings & Toolkit which you can access here

Help Getting Started & Best Practices

150+ Conversation Guides on a variety of topics. Click here to find the perfect conversation and get started today. 

Customized Trainings. Contact us and we will be happy to help you set up a customized training at your location. 

Continual support. Feel free to schedule a conversation w/Annie to help grow your library program. 

Monthly Calls for the library community. Fill out the sign up form at the bottom of the back to be involved in the monthly zoom call. 

Library Living Room Conversations

Watch how Charleston County Public Library used LRCs to bring together community members with different viewpoints to talk about divisive issues

 

 

 

 

Estes Valley Library & Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership launched a Community Conversations initiative to improve communications, promote  problem-solving, and elevate local conversations.

 

 

 

 

Check out our newest guest post on Library Land about the role that libraries can play in Talking for Change

 

 

 

 

 

Conversation Topic Guides

We have over 150 topic guides that invite users to talk about their values, their community, and their relationships. The following are selected topics that work well in library settings:

Getting Started

Interested in starting a Living Room Conversations community in your local library? Have other questions? Feel free to reach out to Annie through the contact form below.

Read more about how to have your own Living Room Conversation – including best practices and a step-by-step process – by clicking the button below.