NEWMARKET, Ontario, March 17, 2015 –
Newmarket Public Library’s IdeaMarket series of discussions is going strong, says library CEO Todd Kyle.
Since 2013, the library has presented these monthly “community conversations” on controversial topics such as the war on drugs, alternative medicine, and violence against women. A panel of community leaders and experts makes opening remarks, followed by time set aside for audience participation. “The opening comments are great, but what really sets these events apart is the conversation that follows,” says Kyle, “We’ve had some amazing exchanges take place.”
Key to the success of the program has been the participation of community groups that help choose and organize topics. A program on April 28 on video activism is being organized in partnership with regional film festival PlāYR, and May’s program on assisted suicide will feature national advocacy group Dying With Dignity. An independent facilitator, Richard MacLeod, moderates the discussion to keep the tone respectful and the conversation stimulating.
“We invite interested groups and individuals to contact us to get involved,” says Kyle. Programs are generally held on the last Tuesday of the month. “What are you eating?”, an IdeaMarket on diet trends, will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 7-9 pm. To find out more or to get involved, go to www.newmarketpl.ca/ideamarket .