WHAT IS THE HUMAN LIBRARY?
The Human Library® is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. ‘Human Books’ are New Yorkers who have volunteered to share their story to break down barriers based on race, religion, sexual orientation, class, gender identity, lifestyle choices, disability or other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the New York City community to share and understand the experiences of others.
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO ASK OR HOW TO RESPOND TO THE BOOK'S STORY?
Below is a list of suggested questions. You can use them to guide your conversation or you can come up with your own.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A HUMAN LIBRARY EVENT?
WHAT AM I EXPECTED TO DO AS A READER?
At an in-person Human Library event, the Readers wait in line to select a Book to talk to from a list of book titles and descriptions. An HLNYC Librarian will ask you to come over to meet the Book and you can choose any place to sit and have your conversation. Books share their unique story to a reader/readers. Readers are expected to ask questions and participate in the dialogue. This conversation is 30 minutes in length. We provide you with “starter questions” that you will come up with, in case you need some help figuring out what to say. Just be yourself - that will help to relax you and to relax the person you’re talking with. After the conversation you will fill out a brief reflection. You are also welcome to get back in line and talk to another Book!
WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR READERS?