WHAT IS THE HUMAN LIBRARY™?
Books can delight us, make us melancholy, and inspire thoughtfulness. They make us feel a gamut of emotions. Now you can check out a “book” that actually laughs, cries, feels, and thinks, too. The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library has partnered with Findlay High School to bring the concept of The Human Library™ to Findlay High School’s cafeteria on October 16 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.
The Human Library™ seeks to engage our community in conversation by providing a non-judgmental environment for people to speak one-on-one with those they might otherwise never have a chance to talk with – people who may have different life experiences, stories, or beliefs. Human volunteers act as “books” and are “checked out” in 30 minute increments, to afford the participant, or the “reader” a chance to ask questions they might normally feel uncomfortable asking and come to know them as humans rather than stereotypes. These interactions help to build a better understanding of each other as human beings through conversation and engagement.
The library is seeking volunteers to be “books” for the program. If you are interested in being a volunteer and sharing your story, please fill out the application HERE and return it to Melody Flick in the Adult Services Department at the library, or contact her via e-mail for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Human Library™ is a concept that has its beginnings in Denmark in 2000 and is now organized in over 80 countries all over the world. The purpose is to create a safe, judgement-free learning platform, where personal conversations can challenge stigma and stereotypes.
The idea of The Human Library™ echoes the mission of our library, and like the public library, reflects that all should be treated equally, respectfully, and with a friendly attitude.