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Bring The World Cafe to the library community

Hi.   My name is Tess Tobin and I am new to the World Cafe community.  I am a librarian for the City University of NY and work with  promoting information and library services to the underserved and linguisitically diverse communities.  I want to bring the work of The World Cafe to a larger library audience since I feel our library communitites can benefit from more meaningful conversations.

I am organizing a program in Anaheim, CA on Sunday, June 24 from 1:30-3:30pm at the the American Library Association Annual Conference.  The program is called Cultural Programming: How to Achieve Meaningful Dialogue at Your Library.  I am looking for an additional panel member who will talk about The World Cafe and how librarians can use your philosophy to engage diverse patrons in conversations that matter. You would be asked to speak for 15 minutes with Q&A. 

If you are interested, please contact me and we can talk further.  My email address is

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Comment by Valerie on August 22, 2012 at 7:03am

Hi Tess!   I love what you have to say about promoting conversations at libraries.  I am just beginning to contact libraries to set up this very kind of activity, so let's talk!  I will email you at the address you gave.  In the meantime, check out my book, which provides a step-by-step guide of how to host a conversation salon, as well as a history of conversation salons, along with fun recipes and stories.  This being an election year, it is more critical than ever to bring people together to talk about what's really important to them, and to share ideas with those on the "other side of the aisle".

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