JACKSON, Wyo. — The Teton County Library’s “Swap Meet” discussion series is back for another season this October and November, the library announced Wednesday.
Combining elements of a book club meeting and a policy discussion, the series will see elected officials host discussions with community members on current issues, centered around articles chosen by the officials.
Participating officials include Wyoming State Senators Dan Dockstader and Mike Gierau, Town Councilor Jim Rooks, County Commissioner Wes Gardner and more. This round of discussions will cover student loan debt, the high cost of childcare, property tax relief for homeowners and why state and local relationships matter to national prosperity.
“Local elected officials inherently come with supporters and challengers, so I thought that if they lead discussions about topics they are passionate about, they’d attract participants of diverse opinions,” Library Adult Program Coordinator Leah Shlachter said in a statement. “It’s a chance for the community to engage with their local officials in a neutral, casual setting. These discussions are meant to ignite curiosity and to create space for much-needed discourse. And they’re supposed to be fun!”
Meetings will run through October and November, beginning with Dockstader’s property tax discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 11. See the full lineup on the library’s website.