Libraries for NWOC:
Resource Guide

Sign up for your library to participate in the National Week of Conversation April 20-28, 2018!

Thanks to our premiere partners

Why should my library participate? The National Week of Conversation (NWOC) is an opportunity to help your library’s patrons connect with other people in their community and across the country. Libraries are a trusted gathering place in communities across the country, and can help in NWOC’s mission to revitalize our democracy. NWOC will allow your patrons to connect to other people in conversations they normally would not be able to have. Check out our PDF guide for participation.

How can my library participate?

There are a number of different ways your library
can participate in NWOC:

1

Host an event, or make your library available for conversations

  • Book Clubs: Provide space for your local book clubs to discuss a book that brings up important issues. Check out this list of suggestions from the Kansas City Public Library.
  • Living Room Conversations offers self-facilitated conversation guides. Simply provide meeting space and conversation guides to groups of patrons who can meet at your library for conversations.
  • Facilitated Conversations: Send an email to [email protected] to learn about bringing a facilitator to your library.

2

Provide computers for your patrons to connect with others across the country

Mismatch is a service that utilizes free video conferencing systems to connect people across the country for conversations across divides. Simply provide space in your library for people to use computers and participate. Point your patrons to Mismatch.org where they can sign up for a conversation.

3

Add your event to the NWOC calendar

Promote your event and receive recognition for your work on the events calendar.

4

Promote NWOC

Promote the National Week of Conversation to other libraries and to your community. Check out our partner kit for sample emails and social media messaging.  

5

And more!

These are just a few ideas. We invite you to be creative and register your own event. Perhaps you want to use your own conversation guide or invite an expert speaker to your library? Please register your event and direct any questions to [email protected].

I’m an individual and want to participate
through my local library. What do I do?

Check out our events page to find a local participating library, or ask your local library to support NWOC by providing a space for you to meet. Can’t find an event near you? Start your own conversation.

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