October 21, 2008 · Updated 3:38 PM
No walls in Living Library
Time for a literary/civics lesson. Who uttered the following?
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Good for you; it was Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” And to continue its One Book, One Community celebration, Kitsap Regional Library will, this Saturday, enact the notion – that when two people with differing perspectives connect face-to-face as humans, stereotypes and preconceptions can dissolve – with a Living Library.
At a Living Library, visitors are readers, conversation partners are living books, and program staff are librarians.
Typically, “books” represent groups or individuals who feel they are the target of stereotyping or misunderstanding or who hold a controversial or little-known viewpoint. The Bainbridge event will include an antiviolence activist, a problem gambler, a young gay man, a former gang member, a Muslim U.S. Marine veteran, a practitioner of voluntary simplicity and an atheist.
After convening in the library’s main meeting room, readers can browse the catalog of living book titles, choosing one for a loan period of up to a half hour. During that time, there’s an opportunity for quiet conversation, questions, stories and, organizers hope, a sense of common ground.
Founded in 2000 by Danish antiviolence activist Ronni Abergel, Living Libraries have been active in Europe and Australia for several years now; Bainbridge is the second U.S. locale to participate. As a bonus, Abergel himself will be at the event, participaitng as a book.
The Living Library will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 25, at the Bainbridge branch. For an advance list of titles along with more information about remaining One Book, One Community programs, see www.krl.org or call the Bainbridge branch at 842-4162.
Halloween events start
Bainbridge loves Halloween, and seasonal fun continues thisweekend with two family-friendly events. Eagle Harbor Book Co. will host a Halloween storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday. Local authors Kathryn Galbraith, Deb Lund and George Shannon, recent recipient of the Washington State Book Award, will be on hand. Galbraith’s latest picture book is “Boo, Bunny!”; Lund offers monster cheers throughout the year in “Monsters on Machines.”
Storytelling will be accompanied by mask-making. For information, see www.eagleharborbooks.com.
After a little down time, get the costumes on and head to the annual Wilkes Elementary School Halloween Carnival, which runs 1-5 p.m. Saturday, at the school, corner of Day Road and Madison Avenue.
As always, there will be rooms of games and prizes plus the legendary fourth grade haunted house. Wristbands will be sold for $20 and include unlimited games and a trip through the haunted house; individual tickets are also available. Proceeds benefit the Wilkes PTO.