Compassionate Sioux Falls Invites You to Visit the “Living Library”

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That’s an adage most of us have heard since childhood. It’s oft-repeated good advice that Compassionate Sioux Falls in partnership with Siouxland Libraries will highlight with a special event called “Visit the Living Library.”

What is a Living Library? Like a traditional library, it offers a range of titles and topics. The difference is that the “books” are real people and a 15-minute conversation takes the place of reading. Anyone can discover another person’s real story at the event, which is set for 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Oak View Branch of Siouxland Libraries, 3700 East Third Street.

The Living Library is a place where real people are “on loan” to readers in an effort to challenge stereotypes and prejudices by creating understanding. This month’s featured “book” is Gwendolyn Beaudion, who lived in the south during the Civil Rights Movement.

“This is a great opportunity to meet someone not like you, someone you can learn something from, someone who can learn something from you,” says Colleen Moran, Assistant City Attorney and sponsor of Compassionate Sioux Falls. “The goal of this event is simply to get people talking and start the conversation of understanding.”

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605-367-8745 or

For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries at 367-8060 or visit