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Collaboration between ESMoA and El Segundo Public Library Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 from 5pm – 7:30pm @ ESMoA Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 from 1pm – 4pm @ El Segundo Public Library The living library collaboration invites visitors to check out “living books” for a two-day Experience in El Segundo. September 18, 2018 (El Segundo, California) – The El Segundo Library and ESMoA invite visitors to connect with “living books” on Thursday, October 25 and Saturday, October 27, 2018. Experience 16: EMPATHY seeks to foster empathy and break down stereotypes, and sparks creativity through short 20-minute conversations with volunteers who have donated their time as “living books.” ESMoA and El Segundo Public Library will host the event on two separate dates and times: Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 5pm to 7:30pm at ESMoA and Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 1pm – 4pm at El Segundo Public Library. A radical librarian, an artist, a Japanese American incarcerated during WWII, and a drag queen are among those who will be available for “check-out” during the two-day event. ESMoA is also collaborating with El Segundo High School to ensure local students can “check-out” a curator and artist participating in Experience 37: MATRIARCHS on view from October 18, 2018 through January 22, 2019. Experience 16: EMPATHY has been modeled on The Human Library Library which premiered in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000. The Human Library aims to address people’s prejudices by helping them to talk to those they would not normally meet. Since 2000, the project has been adopted by organizations both in Europe and the United States, including the Santa Monica Main Library in 2008. Visitors who wish to “check-out” a living book are encouraged to register ahead of time. To reserve a “living book”, visitors are encouraged to sign-up online. More information about online reservations will be announced soon. A library card is not necessary to participate in the event. Another component of the event will be an exhibition of portraits of all participating human books. The portraits will be exhibited at El Segundo Public Library and ESMoA.