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, April 2, 2017, at the Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue.

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 the Ashworth family. Mom Julie, Dad Tom, and Chris, the world’s friendliest young man with autism, will speak about their life as autism advocates, parents, and family. Other “books” include a sexually liberated woman, a woman rising from the ashes of addiction, a transgender man, a sexual abuse survivor, a woman growing up in the ’50s and ’60s, a millennial black man, and more.

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 367-8720 or visit