Libraries are trusted, neutral, safe spaces. As such, libraries are one place in the community where complex conversations can take place. Here are some of the resources offered by the American Library Association and its units, along with some sample programs.
The American Library Association ALA Center for Civic Life (CCL) promotes
engagement and fosters public deliberation through libraries. Launched in 2010 in
conjunction with the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forum Institute, the
Center is building the capacity of libraries and librarians to help citizens get more engaged inÂ the civic life of their communities.
Essays in the areas of Making Change, Empowering Youth, and Connecting with the Community: The Reasoning and Strategy; Making Change, Empowering Youth, and Connecting with the Community: Ideas in Practice; and Professionals Taking Action: Stories of Strategies and Successes
How Hartford’s library — which has a long, successful history of community engagement work — led a series of community conversations to improve relationships between residents and police officers in an underserved part of the city.