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L.S. Library explores hate crime violence


December 13, 2011

What would you do if one of your neighbors was killed in a hate crime? Think about it. Think about it with your fellow community members.

The Lake Stevens Library will host a screening and public discussions of a new PBS documentary, “Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness,” on Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m. in the Lake Stevens Community Center (across from the library). This screening is part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ “Issues That Matter” series of programs that encourage important community dialogue.

“Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness” tells the story of residents of a Long Island village taking action after a local immigrant is killed in a hate crime attack by seven teenagers. While starkly revealing the trauma of hate, the film provides a blueprint for people who want to do something before intolerance turns to violence.

The hour-long documentary, narrated by Academy Award® nominee Alfre Woodard, will be followed by a discussion about what local residents can do to stop hate in their community. Communities across the country use the film to initiate dialogue about intolerance and anti-immigrant violence.

Libraries in two Sno-Isle communities, Oak Harbor and Freeland, already held their “Not In Our Town” screenings and discussions in September. Both libraries reported strong community enthusiasm and support for the film and discussion that followed.

The Lake Stevens Library is located at 1804 Main St. For information on other “Not In Our Town” screenings at Sno-Isle Libraries, visit The screenings and discussions are funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.


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