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Human Library

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April 9, 2019

Criss Library

What is the Human Library? 
The Human Library brings together people who may not have met in different circumstances in order to dismantle prejudices and smash stereotypes. It is an opportunity to have real conversations with real people. Individuals with diverse life experiences act as human books, and readers “check out” the human books for 20-30 minutes to learn and ask questions about the human book’s personal experiences.
Here's a short video about Human Libraries.
How It Works

You must have a reservation to sit down and speak with a Human Book. You can bring friends -- groups of up to four people can speak to one Human Book at a time, but only one of you can create the reservation online. Reserve early! If you wait until the day of the event to make a reservation, it's likely you won't get a chance to speak with a Human Book.

  • Click the "Reserve a human book" button below, browse the list of titles, and select a Human Book.
  • Reserve your Human Book online.
  • Come to the library at least 15 minutes prior to your reservation and check in at the table by the main entrance. We'll escort you to your Human Book's table.
  • Have a one-on-one conversation with your Human Book. Conversations can be up to 30 minutes long. Come with questions! As long as you're respectful and genuinely curious, your Human Book understands that sometimes you can't find "the right" words.
Reserve a Book

Reservations are open now! Use the link below to sign up for a Human Book.

Reserve a Human Book

  1. To reserve a book, click on the button and select April 9 as your date.
  2. Select a time slot under the Human Book, and click Submit Times.
  3. Fill out your name and email, and click Submit Booking.
  4. You will receive an email confirming your appointment. Please use the cancellation link if you cannot attend.
  5. Don't see the Human Book you were hoping to reserve? That means they are all booked up! Please check in at the registration table during the event to be placed on a waitlist for that book.

Volunteer to help at the Human Library

We need volunteers to help make this event a success!
Sign up for an hour, or sign up for the entire event:

Book Support Volunteers will partner with our Human Book volunteers for two purposes

  • To make sure they’re comfortable and to be their assistant throughout the event (get water, food, etc.).
  • To bring their new readers to them every half hour.
  • Please consider signing up for all three shifts in order to partner with a single Human Book all evening.

Break Room Monitors will monitor the Human Book volunteer break room and make sure the room is well stocked and welcoming for our Human Books.

Check in Table and Floor Circulation Volunteers will check in readers and circulate around the event space to help with any needs that arise.