Friday, April 3, 2009

Library Events - The Living Library

The Las Vegas Clark County Library District will be hosting a unique library program that will hope to dispel negative stereotypes and prejudices against individuals and groups that are ostracized in society. This unique program entitled, “The Living Library" is a program where books will come to life. The idea started in Europe in 2000 and has helped to eliminate the negative prejudices and also has helped to promote harmonious relationships among people from various backgrounds and cultures.

The goal of the “The Living Library” is to promote respect for human rights and dignity. In presenting this program, we hope to raise awareness of, and enable constructive dialogue about prejudices that frequently lead to discrimination against individuals or groups of people based on socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, race, religious affiliations, etc. For more information, we encourage you to visit “The Living Library” website.

To date we have several “books” (people that fit some general stereotypes) that we hope will provide “readers” with a wide variety of personal and professional stories. In addition, we are hoping that “readers” will gain a better understanding and perhaps eliminate some prejudices and stereotypes that they may have imposed upon others based on their sexual orientation, race, profession, religion, etc. Furthermore, we want everyone to understand that you cannot “judge a book by its cover,” because all of us are unique individuals with unique experiences that make us all who we are.

The “Living Library” Program for the Las Vegas Clark County Library District will be held on Saturday, April 4th, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Clark County Library, which is located at 1401 E. Flamingo Road on the lower level in the Jewel Box Theatre.

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