LANSING, Ill. (September 13, 2023) – The Mobile Museum of Tolerance is bringing its message of anti-hate and tolerance to the Lansing Public Library on Monday, September 18 from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. and Tuesday, September 19 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The traveling museum from the Simon Wiesenthal Center is the first-of-its-kind in the United States and utilizes technology and interactive lessons to bring a message of tolerance to communities across Illinois.
The mobile museum includes 40-minute workshops to teach kids and adults how to combat anti-Semitism, bullying, racism, hate, and intolerance and to promote human dignity.
Although the event is open to the public, there is limited seating on the bus. The Library has partnered with Memorial Junior High School in Lansing to bring students to attend the two-day exhibit as well.
“I talked to the director at the Acorn Public Library, and they actually had [the museum] there,” said Lisa Korajczyk, director of the Lansing Public Library. “I thought that it sounded like a really good opportunity to offer to our students.”
“[The program] is going to teach them how to discern what misinformation is,” she continued. “It’s going to teach them how to recognize bullying and hatred online and how to stand up to cyber bullying.”
The educational event features interactive workshops such as The Anne Frank Story, Civil Rights Workshop, The Power of Ordinary People, and Digital Media Literacy.
Korajczyk hopes the museum will provide attendees with “one or two tools to [help] deal with their lives in the digital space.”
The museum is scheduled to visit school districts and libraries throughout Illinois until 2025.
Its next stop will be at Geneseo Public Library in Geneseo on September 26 and 27.
The bus will be parked on the lower level of the Lansing Library’s parking lot near the youth services entrance. The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Ave in Lansing.
For more information visit www.MMOT.com.