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"How are we to understand each other, if we do not have the opportunity to talk to each other?" ~Ronni Abergel, Inventor of the Human Library™

Human Library 2018



Overcoming prejudice and stereotypes one story at a time

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, 4 - 7 p.m.

I.D. Weeks Library, 2nd Floor




History of the Human Library Project

The Human Library™ is a multicultural dialogue event designed to engage participants in one-to-one conversations to bring greater understanding and awareness to issues that we find in society today. This dialogue framework began in Copenhagen in 2000 ( and offers patrons the opportunity to "check out" a human book -- a person with a story to share about stereotypes/prejudices they have overcome. Once a human book is checked out the patron has the chance to listen, ask, and learn from the experiences of others.



Why take part in a Human Library?

We all do it: see someone and make a snap judgment, a stereotype. We have misconceptions and bias. What if, though, we're not seeing the whole picture? What if there's more than our perception(s) of a certain person or people?

Human Libraries provide the opportunity to sit down at a table and talk to someone you might not talk to otherwise. Your human book (a volunteer who is willing and eager to share their story with you) welcomes your questions and hopes you will listen to their honest answers. A human library is a place for conversation. And those conversations build bridges of understanding.

Take part in this Human Library because you have a story to share or you've always wondered about a certain group of people or you want to have a greater awareness of 'the other' or because you are curious... There are many reasons. Come join in the conversation and, perhaps, unjudge someone.



Human Libraries around the World

Click on this map to see who else is hosting a Human Library.

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