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Friday, September 20 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Comedy in Your Community: How Hennepin County Library Learned to LOL

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Comedian Brandi Brown and Hennepin County Library staff will discuss their collaboration to host a trio of accessible after-hours comedy shows. We will explore ways that libraries can engage with comedy, an art form that addresses difficult topics while uniting people through laughter. Comedy in Your Community was a segment within "Laughing Matters", a Legacy-funded humor series. Each show featured local stand-ups from traditionally marginalized groups and humorous interviews with library staff. Learn how HCL was led to increase accessibility by offering features like live captioning and variable seating. Gain insight into ways to build ties with comedians while cultivating new relationships with library users. Hear about the benefits and challenges of offering after-hours comedy in free and sober public library spaces. Be inspired to design humor-based projects for your library.

Speakers
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Ben Brown

Ben Brown is an IT Support Analyst at the Hennepin County Library IT Help Desk. He does technical support for the staff of all 41 libraries in the Hennepin County System. Ben is part of the team that manages over 3000 computers as well as other networked equipment and the systems... Read More →
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Christine Schmidt

Christine Schmidt is a Library Specialist at the Walker branch of Hennepin County Library. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from St. Olaf College and an Associate of Science degree in Library Information Technology from Minneapolis Technical & Community College. She... Read More →
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Natalie Hart

Natalie Hart has been a public librarian for over 25 years. She is the Adult Services Librarian at Hennepin County Library – Sumner branch, located in North Minneapolis. She heads up the Humor Team and is active with the Social Justice in Libraries Community of Practice at... Read More →
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Brandi Brown

Comic and writer Brandi Brown is currently the co-host of the podcast "Bill Corbett's Funhouse." Brandi regularly hosts at Minneapolis' Acme Comedy Company. She has toured with Jim Norton and opened for comics including: Maria Bamford, Joe Mande, Vanessa Bayer, Hannibal Buress and... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Anoka 3

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