In a human library, the books are real people with real stories to tell. If you are a book, readers will sit down with you during the Human Library event in the Bailey Library to listen and learn from you.
There is no theme for the stories, but books are encouraged to share stories that provide a unique perspective that would benefit other people.
If you've ever felt misunderstood or discriminated against, and you would like to have a chance to clarify perceptions or misconceptions about your experience or identity, we invite you to be a book. If you have a story of a life changing journey or experience that has shaped your life, we would love to hear that too.
We do ask that people not use the Human Library to proselytize, debate or for their personal gain by selling to or charging fees to participants.
As a book, you'll be asked to give your story a title. The bookshelf is a large bulletin board listing all of the book titles available. Readers will pick out a title and then volunteers connect them with their book. Books have 30 minutes to tell their story and talk with the readers, with 1 - 4 readers listening at a time. We encourage books to sign up for one hour, which means telling your story 2 times.
No one will be recording your story. We want books and readers to feel as safe and comfortable as possible.
Nothing is required from the books besides a story and the courage to tell it. But you are welcome to bring notes or an outline if it makes you feel more comfortable.
The readers have the opportunity to "read” as many books as they please. The purpose of the event is to bring people together who may have never talked otherwise. The readers will simply listen to a book's story, ask questions, chat, and then go to the next book.
Yes! All people that wish to share their story are required to attend an hour long training session where they will work on their story, finalize their schedule and learn more about being a book in the Human Library.
All Human Library Books must attend one (1) training session at Washtenaw Community College. You must fill out a Human Library Book application form in order to attend a training session.
Craft and refine your story and title, event expectations and instructions, schedule, time to practice your story