Living Library returns to Dover Public Library

Living Library returns to Dover Public Library

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The Dover Public Library hosted its first Living Library in November 2019. Approximately 60 people were able to hold conversations with one of the 14 “living books” available that day.

According to Sherrel Rieger, adult program specialist, “It was so successful that we planned to make it an annual event, but the pandemic changed that for the year 2020. We are happy to announce that the Living Library will return this year on Nov. 13.”

The Living Library program has been enjoyed for nearly two decades in 84 countries around the world. It is designed to bring the community together through dialogue with people who are different from each other.

The goal is to challenge prejudices and to help people understand racial and cultural issues, to be inspired by everyday heroes, and to learn more through a connection with other people.

The “books” are real people and will be seated around the library. Attendees will sit with the selected person and engage in a conversation for approximately 15 minutes. The event will take place at 10 a.m.

This year includes the following people:

—Greta Baker, retired teacher/librarian and fashionista.

—Gamaliel Bautista, “Dreamer.”

—Victoria Buss, CEO of Clear Communications.

—Pat Crolley, artist.

—Fred Delphia, retired band director and principal.

—Perci Garner, executive director of The Rainbow Connection.

—Larry Glasgow, Desert Storm veteran.

—Glen Groh, retired principal and naturalist.

—Linda Kate, former judge.

—Kathy Neal, director of a local women’s shelter, Beneath the Shade.

This list is available on the library website at and at the library. Register ahead of time by calling the library at 330-343-6123.

Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event in the community room at the library located at 525 N. Walnut St. in Dover.