The Human Library™

photo of people of differing backgrounds

 

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 mflick@findlaylibrary.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.