Human Library

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The Woburn Public Library and SCI Woburn are teaming up to bring another unique opportunity to the community: The Human Library.

…Wait.  What?

Well. It’s sort of an interesting thing. This event aims to create a safe space where one-on-one dialogue can lead to greater understanding, compassion and acceptance. Our goal, here, is to encourage community members (our “books” share their stories with other community members (“readers”, if you like) in short, one-on-one conversations.

We didn’t come up with this idea all on our own. The Human Library or “Menneskebiblioteket” as it is called in Danish, was created in Copenhagen in the spring of 2000 by Ronni Abergel and his brother Dany and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen.

The original event was open eight hours a day for four days straight and featured over fifty different titles. The broad selection of books provided readers with ample choice to challenge their stereotypes and so more than a thousand readers took advantage leaving books, librarians, organizers and readers stunned at the reception and impact of the Human Library.

We love this idea. Our version will be a bit smaller. We have “books” from a variety of backgrounds–each with a unique story worth knowing.

Want to make your community more welcoming? We encourage you to get into the habit of challenging stereotypes. Here’s your chance!

Interested in becoming a “book”? Click this link to apply.

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