The High Springs Branch Library will host a series of monthly Conversation Cafés starting Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:00 p.m. Conversation Cafés are lively, hosted, drop-in conversations among diverse people about feelings, thoughts and actions about this complex, changing world. The simple structure of Conversation Cafés – and their spirit of respect, curiosity and warm welcome – helps people shift from small talk to BIG talk. Though the format can be used anywhere – in churches, around the dinner table, in schools, in retirement communities, at workplaces – the High Springs Branch Library, 23779 W US Highway 27, High Springs, will host this series to introduce this conversation model to the community. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the High Springs Library. Space is limited and registration is required.
Conversation Cafés are often exceptional because they foster inquiry rather than debate - minds and hearts are both involved. Participants must agree to the Conversation Café agreements of open-mindedness, acceptance, curiosity, discovery, sincerity and brevity. Everyone is welcome and participants have freedom to say what is on their minds to foster connection, wisdom and democracy.
About Conversation Café:
Alachua County Library District is launching this new Conversation Café model at the High Springs Branch. Resources are offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities Models for Change, an initiative of the American Library Association and National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation that seeks to strengthen libraries' roles as core community leaders and agents of change. Libraries Transforming Communities Models for Change is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
What a Conversation Café Isn’t:
Conversation Cafés are not clubs for any one point of view. Diversity rules. There’s no organization to join, no dues to pay, no books to read or assignments to complete. No ideologies are promoted. The goal is conversation not conversion. They are not places to press individual ideas on others nor are they places to network for business or romance. After the conversation is over, people can exchange business cards or phone numbers, pass out flyers, or sign petitions. The magic of the conversational space rests in part on the safety of knowing that no one will be pressured in any way. Although Conversation Cafés may facilitate connections that engender projects and action, their fundamental purpose is to serve as a welcoming space where everyone can deepen and broaden their points of view. For more information about the Conversation Café visit www.conversationcafe.org. If you would like to be a volunteer host for the High Springs Conversation Café call 386-454-2515.
About the Alachua County Library District:
Alachua County Library District is an independent special taxing district and the sole provider of public library services to approximately 250,000 citizens in Alachua County, with 12 branch locations, two bookmobiles and multiple deposit collections. The Library District strives to provide all community members with free, open and equal access to education, information and entertainment.
For information about this program, please visit www.aclib.us or call the High Springs Branch at 386-454-2515.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).