Do you know your fellow library patrons? Are you interested in joining an authentic learning space with fellow patrons across Pennsylvania? The Free Library is excited to introduce Hear Me Out: a digital, facilitated dialogue series that connects Pennsylvanians to each other through brave and authentic conversations.
In partnership with libraries across the state and the Pittsburgh community, we will join together across distance and difference to uplift and honor the range of Pennsylvanians’ lived experiences.
Why is dialogue important or relevant?
Hear Me Out arose from an understanding that the importance of combating polarization and indifference across political and geographic divides rests in Pennsylvanians—from all walks of life—being able to engage in authentic and brave conversations about national and local issues. Our current moment requires engaging proactively and intentionally with issues that impact our everyday lives. Dialogue, as opposed to debate or discussion, intentionally curates a space for individuals to collectively process while maintaining their own identity and humanity. While some of the problems we face require more than talk, creating a space for dialogue allows for individuals to build trust and collectively understand experiences that lay the foundation for collective civic action.
Community voices, community connections
Hear Me Out recognizes that there is power and strength in community. As we collectively navigate difficult issues like COVID-19, systemic injustice, economic hardship, and more, patron networks and stronger communities are important to cultivate. We’ve worked to create forums to highlight community voices, stories, and knowledge-seeking processes.
Join us on October 27 at 5:30 p.m.!
In partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, The first Hear Me Out dialogue, “Does My Vote Count?“, explores participant’s relationships with voting in light of the upcoming election. The session will explore personal and familial experiences with voting and how this connects to trust in the voting system. Participants can expect questions that will probe lived experiences around voting, such as:
- Were your grandparents able to vote?
- What ideas about voting did you hear in your home growing up?
- What are your hopes and fears when it comes to voting in the upcoming election?