Human Library Event
How does it work?
The Redwood Campus and Riverside Campus Libraries will have human books available for readers to sign out and have 30 min. one-on-one conversations in a quiet space inside the library.
Who can participate?
The event is free and open to the public. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.
Who are the human books in the collection?
Community volunteers from all walks of life and with a variety of perspectives and varied backgrounds and life experiences.
How do I check out a human book?
Stop by the RWC library, on May 12, 2015, and the RVC library, on May 14, 2015, to see which titles are available. First come, first serve.
What was the 2014 RCC Human Library project like?
This event created a powerful, positive energy that is hard to describe! Some of our book volunteers came in with nerves, but the draw they felt to share their stories was stronger than any fear they felt. Readers could feel that honesty, so the conversations had a valuable “realness” to them. It was an incredible day!
What readers had to say about the event:
“It was amazing!”
“This book “Jenny” changed me. Thank you!”
“Very creative and inspiring!”
“I enjoyed learning about new attitudes and views of point.”
“I realized a lot about myself and we had a lot in common.”
“Awesome!! Please do it again!”
“I thought the event was excellent. There was a nice variety of books and there was good energy. For me, I was struck by the fact these books, these people, put themselves and their stories out there. They made themselves vulnerable in order to move other people and that had great impact on me.”
Feedback from a RCC instructor:
“I want to thank you for an amazing experience at the Human Library! I wish every student and staff member could have been there. It was so personal, so human. My students and I had a chance to talk with people we may have never met in any other situation... You gave us that gift. I hope you do this program every year.”
Why did the Diversity Programming Board choose this project?
A magazine article on the Toronto Public Library’s Human Library project started the conversation amongst the board about bringing this type of event to RCC. After more research, and the wonderful guidance of the Toronto Library, the board decided to try its first pilot program at the Redwood Campus in 2014.
Human Libraries are a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting acceptance and understanding. It allows communities sharing knowledge on a wide range of issues, and not only promotes tolerance but encourages the celebration of differences.
History of the Human Library
In 2000, a group of Copenhagen youth from “Stop the Violence” created the first Human Library as a tool to promote non-violence and break harmful stereotypes. Now over 30 countries around the world hold Human Library events and some public libraries even have permanent collections.
To learn more about its origins and projects around the world, visit www.humanlibrary.org
Read about other Human Library projects:
- Toronto Public Library
- University of Rochester
- Utah State University
- Article on Rancho San Diego Library Human Library event
- A student’s perspective—Williams College