Thursday, October 25, 2018

Arlington Public Library will host its first Living Room Conversation, a guided interactive conversation designed to help citizens increase understanding, reveal common ground, and seek solutions, on Monday, November 5 at 6 p.m. at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library. Living Room Conversations is a non-profit organization formed in 2010 that provides an easy structure for engaging, friendly yet meaningful conversation. All are welcome, and snacks will be provided! Join this civil, round robin-style conversation to know your neighbors better.

At this first program, participants will talk about the importance of relationships in three rounds of conversation. Participants will be able to choose from a set of questions to encourage dialogue. The first round includes introductions. The second round is longer, and participants will be prompted to discuss the importance of relationships within the community, and lastly, the group will end with concluding thoughts. Email librarian Lisa Smant to see the list of questions ahead of time at

Program facilitator and library volunteer Kathy says says, “The format provides very specific guidelines that keep participants focused on showing respect, and it builds on an assumption of good will by all of the participants.  When following these guidelines, participants are able to share how an issue affects them personally, and they listen without interruption to others as others share how that issue impacts them.  And by assuming good will on the part of others, healthy dialogue can emerge."

For more information on Living Room Conversations, please visit their website at