The Spring 2015 Civil Dialogue Library Series ended on a high note on Wednesday April 22 at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix. More than 70 people attended and participated in robust dialogues on issues related to homelessness.
Thanks to all who made our inaugural Library Series a success, with a special nod to program coordinator Rosalie Fisher. Civil Dialogue events were well-received by our four hosts - Goodyear Public Library, Tempe Public Library, Mesa Main Library, and Burton Barr - and we hope to have more Civil Dialogue events in libraries in the future.
Our first-ever series of Civil Dialogues in public libraries is going very well. We've been to Gilbert, Tempe, and Mesa so far, and the series concludes at the Burton Barr Library in downtown Phoenix on April 22. The librarians who have seen the program agree that it's a natural fit: civil conversation about difficult topics is an excellent way for communities to take advantage of libraries -- politically neutral sites dedicated to learning. We hope to expand this program in 2015-2016, with the help of newly certified Civil Dialogue facilitators who are taking our first-ever certification course this month. By the time the 2016 election rolls around, which is the time of greatest interest in hot topics, wouldn't it be great if Civil Dialogues were happening all over Arizona?