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The Human Library Program

Rogue Community College's Diversity Programming Board invites you to participate in the Human Library event 11am to 2:30pm, on May 12, 2015 at the RCC Redwood Campus Library in Grants Pass and May 14, 2015 at the RCC Riverside Campus Library, located on the second floor of the Medford Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

The Human Library is a twist on a traditional library- where the titles available for checkout are actually community volunteers willing to share their own life experiences. Cardholders can borrow a ‘human book’ for a 30 minute conversation to ask questions, broaden perspectives and find common ground. The event creates a safe space for both the book and reader to have honest, open dialogue.

Read through last year’s titles to get inspired!

How can you participate?

Volunteer to be a book:
‘Books’ from our 2014 event said they felt valued, inspired, and connected. Some came with nerves, but all left feeling empowered. What story will you share?

Participation details-

  • Orientation and brunch will start at 10am, the event will run from 11am to 2:30pm, followed by a quick debrief. Refreshments will be provided.
  • You’ll be provided with conversation icebreakers, examples of how to redirect dialogue, and other helpful tips. Readers will be given a list of guidelines and staff will be circulating throughout the event if assistance is needed.

To volunteer or nominate someone-

  • Contact Katy Wicks, or 541-956-7201
    • Please indicate which location you’d like to attend and a brief description of your ‘book’ topic. The RCC DPB will review, select, and notify selected titles by mid-March.
  • Deadline to submit is March 12.

Check out a ‘human book’:
On the day of the event, RCC students, staff and the community can go to the RWC library or RVC library to see which titles are available. Selections are first come, first serve.

Bring your classroom:
If you are an RCC instructor who is interested in bringing a class to the event, contact Cessa Vichi at the RWC Library, by April 24th, for scheduling.

For more information about the event, visit the Human Library Program event details site.