We Are Partnering with University Libraries to Hold a ‘Human Library’ Event!

Partnering with University Libraries at USD, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is seeking “books” for the Human Library, to be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2018, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Founded in 2001 in Denmark, the Human Library organization seeks to promote human rights and social cohesion by creating greater understanding between people. It provides an opportunity for people to learn more about each other while working through stereotypes and discrimination.

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as “books” that can be “checked out” by “readers.” Each book decides on a title that gives a snapshot of their story: “Buddhist,” “First Generation College Student,” or “Recovering Alcoholic,” for instance. The book and reader engage in a 20-minute one-on-one conversation about the book’s life and experience, and then the book can ask questions of the reader as well, prompting discussion about shared experiences and differing perspectives. Individuals with stories they would like to share and discuss with others are encouraged to volunteer.

Apply online to be a book at www.bit.ly/USDhuman. The deadline to submit an application is March 9th.

For more information contact Rachelle Langdon at rachelle.langdon@vermillionpubliclibrary.org or Caroline Anderberg at caroline.anderberg@usd.edu.

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