Human Library coming Summer of 2022
Our first Human Library event in 2019 was a tremendous success. By nature, the event is a challenge in that it asks attendees to be open minded and challenge their beliefs--to talk about taboo, uncomfortable, sometimes painful topics. It was clear through facilitating the event and reading reviews afterward, though, that these topics brought about real emotion in both books and readers, and absolutely encouraged understanding and empathy. It was moving to host an event that is so directly helping to improve our community and to see growth--so we're back to do it again!
What is the Human Library?
The Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals who have experienced discrimination volunteer as human "books" and participants at the event can "read" the book--meaning have a one-on-one conversation to hear the book's experiences centered around discrimination. Through conversation and open dialogue, we want to break down barriers and stereotypes of all kinds.
As a participant, you just come to the event, select the book title you are interested in, sit with that book, and listen to their firsthand story of being stereotyped and how they overcame it. You can visit with as many or as few books as you're interested in throughout the day. You can ask any questions while maintaining respect. Come with an open mind.
If you'd like to apply to be a book, please fill out our short survey (takes less than 5 minutes!) here: