Teton County Library’s latest Swap Meet series kicks off this week, offering people the opportunity to meet after hours at the library to talk to local elected officials about big issues, using thought-provoking articles as the starting point.
“Like a book club, but less of a commitment” is how the library puts it.
Teton County Commissioner Luther Propst will get things rolling Wednesday, with a discussion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. about the Red Desert to Hoback mule deer migration corridor.
Propst will discuss the corridor and political efforts to protect it with a panel including Max Ludington, of the Jackson Hole Land Trust; Renee Seidler, of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation; and Aly Courtemanch, of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
The series continues this Thursday, also from 6 to 7:30 p.m., when state Rep. Andy Schwartz will lead a conversation about “cancel culture.”
Schwartz “chose this topic as a result of years of interesting conversations with his grown children and their contemporaries about cancel culture and similar topics,” the library says on its website. “The generational differences in perspectives has intrigued him and seems worthy of a rousing discussion.”
Swap Meets will be held in the fireplace area of the library’s reading room. You can find links for all the articles at TCLIB.org/swapmeet.
State Rep. Mike Yin and Teton County Board of County Commissioners Chairwoman Natalie D. Macker will lead a discussion on wealth inequality on Oct. 20. The next night, it’s Jackson Town Councilor Arne Jorgensen’s turn. He will talk with the audience about designing livable cities for aging populations.
Teton County Commissioner Mark Newcomb will talk about vaccine mandates on Nov. 3, and the following night, Town Councilor Jessica Sell Chambers will lead a discussion about challenges of building infrastructure in the U.S.
The series will wrap up on Nov. 10 with Town Councilor Jonathan Schechter. That discussion will focus on nonprofit boards and finance.