This is a really neat idea! They are doing this at our book festival this year:
Human Library Project
What Will I Be Doing?
Volunteers will serve as human ?books? and help ?readers? better understand people of different backgrounds and cultures. The ?books? in the Human Library are people who represent groups frequently confronted with prejudices and stereotypes, and who are often victims of discrimination or social exclusion. The ?reader? of the book can be anybody who is ready to talk about their own prejudices and stereotypes and want to spend a few minutes getting to know someone new. In the Human Library, books cannot only speak, but they are able to reply to the readers' questions, and the books can even ask questions and learn themselves!
The human books are checked out for one-on-one, respectful conversations that will last about 20 minutes. This unique opportunity allows the books and readers together to raise awareness of the biases and prejudices that we all have. The program ultimately promotes appreciation for differences in background and culture.
Examples of books range from Tea Party members to police officers, liberals, academic librarians, people with disabilities, ex-gang members, someone who identifies as LGBTQ, communists, Muslims, members of the military, avid sports fan, union organizer, political activist, poet, astrologer, male nanny, senior, lawyer - the list is endless! If you have ever felt you are being judged because of how you look or who you are, and you are willing to have a conversation about that experience, we want you as a title in our Human Library. More information about the Human Library can be found at humanlibrary.org.