A Mormon, an animal rights activist, a police detective, a fat activist, a feminist, a formerly homeless person, a little person and an ex-gang member are some of the people who will be available for ìcheckoutî at the Santa Monica Public Libraryís second Living Library Project Saturday, April 18th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the main library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

This unique event is an opportunity to bring together people who have special interests, beliefs or experiences to speak with people from different backgrounds and share their personal stories.

Santa Monica Public Library was the first organization in the United States to host a Living Library in October 2008, which began in Europe.

ìResponse to the event was overwhelming, and the Santa Monica Public Library did a fantastic job in hosting and organizing the event, î stated Ronni Abergel, the co-founder of the Living Library Project. ìBoth Books and Readers reported that they were impressed with the quality of the conversations.î

One participant wrote, ìSpeaking with the homeless advocate was a revelation ó very informative and emotionally profound.î

ìCheckoutsî are for 30 minutes.

Depending on demand, a ìreaderî can place a hold on a ìbookî and renew the ìbookî once if there are no holds and the ìbookî agrees.

Once returned they can borrow another ìbook.î

Reservations begin at 10 a.m., and checkouts are from 11a.m. to 4 p.m..

Information, (310) 458-8600 or visit the libraryís web site at www.smpl.org/.