Want to share your story?
A Human Library event will take place on September 17th at the Vanier Library. Organizers are seeking ‘human books’ to tell their stories. The Human Library aims to inform, break stereotypes, eliminate prejudice, and challenge assumptions by giving library users the opportunity to chat with the real person behind the label.
At the Human Library, instead of books there are people. Readers are invited to ‘borrow’ a person (a ‘human book’) and have a conversation. Human books are a diverse group of people who have faced unique life experiences or who, for various reasons, have often faced prejudice or been stereotyped. At the Human Library, the reader has the opportunity to investigate his/her own prejudices by getting to know the people behind the labels.
On the day of the Human Library, readers will meet with human books for half an hour in the library – a safe and welcoming environment – and take the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and share experiences.
The Human Library originated in Denmark in 2000 when a Danish non-governmental youth organization called Stop the Violence held the first Human Library at a summer festival. There were 75 human books available at this event. Human Libraries have been held in over 25 countries.
This Human Library event at the Vanier Library is brought to you by the Concordia Multi-faith Chaplaincy and the Dean of Students Office in collaboration with the Concordia University Libraries.