Twin Falls Library opens up conversations with Humans of the Magic Valley

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Not many people have heard of Max Newlin’s faith.

“It’s not very well known, if I say I’m a Bahai, they say I don’t know what that is,” he said.

Newlin spent most of his Friday night telling people about the religion.

“Spritual solutions to economic problems and equality between men and women and end of racial prejudice so it’s a real modern religion,” he said.

Newlin was telling people about his faith at the Humans of the Magic Valley event at the Twin Falls Library.

For three hours people could come in to the library and sit down for a one on one conversation with someone who may have a perspective they don’t know about.

“We’re looking for people who have an interesting story,” said Kasi Allen, a youth services librarian. “We are looking for people who are sometimes judged for the group that they belong to, but we’re also looking for people like an EMT who might have world experiences that many of us don’t experience ever.”

The volunteers came from different faiths, like a Bahai or a Mormon. They also had different jobs, like an entrepreneur or an EMT. Then there were people with different experiences or perspectives, like an Olympian, a blind person or a witch.

“We know that Twin Falls has diversity, but sometimes it can be hidden, we get within our own bubbles, we see people outside of it, we’d like to open that up,” Allen said.

The conversations were limited to 20 minutes. The event ran from 6:30 p.m. to about 9:30 p.m. It was the second time the library put on the event, but they plan on doing it about twice a year.

Which is welcome news to Newlin, who went to the first one to learn, and now has volunteered to teach.

“I think an event like this helps people broaden their perspective on how much variety there is in Twin Falls,” he said.

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