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The Library and Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership host a month-long series to promote collaborative problem-solving, civility, and meaningful conversations. Featured book: We Need to Talk.

Colorado is the only state that celebrates Conflict Resolution Month. There are programs happening all over the state and here’s what happening in our community.

This year’s featured title is We Need To Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter by Celeste Headlee. Register for any or all of the Conflict Resolution Month programs and you’ll receive an email with information on picking up a copy. A limited number of copies are available, while supplies last. In addition, the Library has created two Book Club Bags with helpful discussion guides and 12 copies of this year’s featured titles: We Need To Talk and Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life. You can also watch a condensed version of the subject in Headlee’s TED Talk on the topic.

Here is a chronological list of October’s programs, with links for those that require registration:

Living Room Conversation: Police-Community Relations

Wednesday, September 30 and Friday, October 2, online via Zoom. Policing has been getting a lot of attention in our country this year. This conversation will be focused close to home: on our personal stories, interactions, or impressions of policing in the Estes community. A member of the Estes Park Police Department will attend each session, to share their perspectives and to learn from the conversations. Choose from 4 sessions: More details & registration.

Storytime for Kids & Families: Handling Big Feelings

Thursday, October 1 on Library’s YouTube channel – watch Oct. 1 or anytime later. Healthy Communication is an important skill for all ages. This Storytime will help children and their families learn about nonviolent communication and managing anger through stories, rhymes, and songs. No registration necessary. More details.

From Conflict to Connection: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication: Workshop

Monday, October 5, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, onine via Zoom. Learn skills foundational to building understanding and satisfying relationships. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) can support self-understanding, empathic listening, and authentic expression. Led by Kathy Ziola, certified trainer for The Center for Nonviolent Communication. Patrons who wish to delve further into this program topic can borrow a copy of the book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships by Marshall Rosenberg  from the Library’s collection or check out the Library’s book club bag – complete with discussion guide – to share with a group. More details & registration.

Living Room Conversation – The Power of Empathy

Friday, October 9, 12 Noon – 1:30 PM, online via Zoom. This Living Room Conversation is on The Power of Empathy and is facilitated by Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership. Engage in dialogue with others in the Estes Valley community. Come to the virtual “table” to share your perspective, learn about the experiences of others and potentially leave with stronger connections and a shared sense of community. More details & registration.

We Need To Talk: Discussion of Book and TED Talk

Tuesday, October 13, 10:30 AM – Noon, online via Zoom. When the state of affairs make conversation with those we disagree with seem impossible, author Celeste Headlee provides hope for reengagement. Her book, ‘We Need to Talk,’ serves as an opportunity for learning and connection between and amid those who hold differing beliefs. More details & registration.

Living Room Conversation  – Listening Courageously

Wednesday, October 14, 2:30 – 4 PM, online via Zoom. This Living Room Conversation is on Listening Courageously and is facilitated by Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership. Engage in dialogue with others in the Estes Valley community. Come to the virtual “table” to share your perspective, learn about the experiences of others and potentially leave with stronger connections and a shared sense of community. More details & registration.

“You Can’t Unfriend Everybody” Workshop

Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, online via Zoom. In conversations today, with a range of issues like gun control, or discussions of white privilege and other forms of oppression, have you ever wanted to “unfriend” people? This interactive session from The Conflict Center focuses on a variety of ways that we “unfriend” people while reviewing skills we can use everyday – such as reframing resistance, listening deeply, and navigating triggers – to remain “in conversation.” Led by Beth Yohe, Executive Director of The Conflict Center. More details & registration.

Living Room Conversation – Relationships First

Thursday, October 22, 7 – 8:30 PM, online via Zoom. This Living Room Conversation is on Relationships First and is facilitated by Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership. Engage in dialogue with others in the Estes Valley community. Come to the virtual “table” to share your perspective, learn about the experiences of others and potentially leave with stronger connections and a shared sense of community. More details & registration.

Living Room Conversation – More Curious, Less Furious

Wednesday, October 28, 10 – 11:30 AM, online via Zoom. This Living Room Conversation is on More Curious, Less Furious and is facilitated by Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership. Engage in dialogue with others in the Estes Valley community. Come to the virtual “table” to share your perspective, learn about the experiences of others and potentially leave with stronger connections and a shared sense of community. More details & registration.