The UNT Libraries are looking for volunteers for Human Books for our annual Human Library event!

What is a Human LibraryThe Human Library was developed to challenge stereotypes and prejudices and to help people better understand those with whom they share their communities.  The concept was developed in 2000 by Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, Christoffer Erichsen and Asma Mouna of the Danish Youth Organization Stop the Violence.  It is now operational in more than 60 countries and the trademark of the Human Library Organization.

What is a Human Book?  A Human Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice through respectful conversation with the members of the public who borrow them.  The book titles relate to their experience of prejudice and/or discrimination.  Examples of possible book titles include Gay Man, Young Single Parent, Former Drug Abuser, Unauthorized Immigrant, Muslim, Disabled Person. Only people who have experienced prejudice due to issues such as race, sex, age, disability, sexual preference, gender identity, class, religion/belief, lifestyle choices or other aspects of who they are can be a Human Book.  The books cannot use the Human Library to promote specific ideologies, promote an organization or individual’s business, or for any commercial purpose.

How do we make sure Books are safe at the Human Library?  Out of the thousands of conversations that have happened through Human Library events around the world, the safety of Books has never been seriously compromised.   Actions taken to safeguard books include taking care who is recruited, making sure staff is on the lookout for problems, and establishing a “safe word” or phrase to enable the controlled and safe ending of conversations if necessary.

*Adapted from Human Library FAQ 2012 – more info on www.humanlibrary.org

Anyone interested in being a Human Book, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by April 10. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about the event!

Date:  April 22-23

Time:  1-8 p.m. and 1-6 p.m.

Location:  Willis Library Forum

Volunteer Coordinator: Jeanette Laredo