The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices, and encourage understanding. The main characteristics of the project are found in its simplicity and positive approach.
“The Human Library works exactly like a normal library; readers come and borrow a Book for a limited period of time. The only difference; the Books in the Human Library are living, (human beings) and the Books and readers enter into a personal dialogue. The Books in the Human Library are people representing groups frequently confronted with prejudices and stereotypes, and are often victims of discrimination or social exclusion. A Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice through respectful conversation. In the Human Library, Books cannot only speak, but they are able to reply to the readers’ questions and can ask questions themselves.”
(Human Library Organizers Guide)
The Human Library at University of Mount Olive Moye Library will take place November 14th (10am-2pm) and November 15th (3pm-7pm). Upon arrival, readers should report to the check in counter where a librarian may assist him/her in checking out a book.
The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue: A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.
Adapted from http://humanlibrary.org/about-the-human-library/
Anyone with a story of perseverance, discrimination, or adversity that they would like to share with students at University of Mount Olive may be a Book.
Members of the University community (faculty, staff, students) and community members are welcome to participate as Books in the Human Library.
We believe everyone has a story, and encourage you to be willing to share your story.
Click Here for more information on becoming a book.