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Wednesday, October 16 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover: Libraries' Expanding Role as Catalysts of Community Change

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High Point Public Library knitted together a diverse coalition of resources and stakeholders to combat food insecurity, improve walkability, support local farmers and craftspersons, and create a vibrant gathering space through the use of local foods and creative placemaking. Learn how High Point has been able to leverage local, state, federal, and non-profit partners to strengthen a sense of community while addressing issues of public health.


Mary Sizemore

Library Director, High Point Public Library


Mark Taylor

Librarian I and manager of library Teaching Garden
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Chip Gurkin

Program Manager, US Environmental Protection Agency
I run EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program, which works with communities across the country to create strategies to grow and develop in ways that are more environmentally friendly and conducive to public health. I’m a proud alum of UNC-CH, ECU, and George Mason... Read More →

Wednesday October 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Winston 3C