JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Elected officials will talk about all things traffic this evening to kick off an inaugural community dialogue series at the library.
Teton County Library’s new series, The Swap Meet, gives community members the chance to discuss hot topics spurred by thought-provoking articles. It’s one part book club, one part policy discussion. Each week, different local elected officials select articles on topics that interest them and then lead the discussions.
Library adult program coordinator Leah Shlachter created the program to encourage the kind of constructive conversation and idea sharing that does not seem to happen organically on social media websites.
“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,” Shlachter said. “Plus, this is a chance for the community to engage with their local officials in a neutral, casual setting. I want the Swap Meet to ignite curiosity and to create space for the cross-pollination of ideas. And it’s supposed to be fun!”
The Swap Meet kicks off tonight at 6:00-7:30pm. County Commissioner chair Mark Newcomb will lead the discussion. He chose an article from The Economist, “The Price of Jam,” which is about managing traffic. An excerpt from the article states: “Yet economists are not normal people. Most voters hate taxes on driving.”
Commissioners Greg Epstein, Smokey Rhea and Natalia Macker; Wyoming Rep. Andy Schwartz; Jackson Town Councilmembers Jim Stanford and Don Frank; and Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon have also committed to appear.