Host Conversations

Gathering places for every community in America, libraries are the perfect space for uncommon conversations that bridge divides.

National Conversation Project is an opportunity for libraries to create connections with and among the members of their community through conversations they might not have elsewhere. Libraries are trusted, neutral gathering places where we can be curious, listen, and learn from each other. Explore ideas for libraries below then get involved in National Conversation Project by hosting conversations at your library or by virtually connecting with libraries across the country!

Ideas for Libraries

Make the most of your conversations by exploring our guides, tips, insights, wisdom, assessments, and training in Conversation Resources. Additional ideas for libraries are outlined below. Don't forget to add your conversation!

  • Engage Patrons: Invite your patrons to gather for conversations that build relationships, foster learning, and deepen understanding.

  • Book Clubs: Provide space for your local book clubs to discuss a book that raises important issues. Check out this list of suggested books for National Conversation Project created by the Kansas City Public Library.

  • Self-guided Conversations: Provide space and conversation guides for your patrons to engage in rich yet casual conversations.

  • Facilitated Conversations: Want to bring a professional facilitator to your library? Partner with one of 700+ facilitators in the NCDD network.

  • Virtual Conversations: Bridge geographic divides by connecting your patrons with those of other libraries across the nation. Coordinate with Julie, provide computers, and point patrons to where they can sign up for a virtual conversation.