This article in the Seattle Times, Check out S for Stereotypes at the Living , was sent to me over email today. (Thanks Ann!). People that are typically targeted for hatred or are thought of as a specific stereotype, such as someone who is transgendered or an immigrant, can be “borrowed” so the borrower can ask any questions she might have. According to the article, the program which is currently available in London is coming to the Unite States soon, Fort Wayne, IN will be one of the first locations for Living Library in the U.S.

Do you think this same concept would work for teens? Another program with a similar framework, Mix It Up at lunch day, challenges teens to push a social boundary such as sitting with someone that haven’t sat with at lunch before. Many of us have programs that bring teens together in ways that we might not have anticipated. The organizer’s guide for the Living Library is available.

Share your thoughts.

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

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