Look Beyond Appearances at the Human Library

Human Library logo of a figure with a book as a head

Just like a good book can transport you to another place, the Human Library event on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at Cone Park Branch can take you inside another person's experiences. 

At this event, our books are Human Books - real people with real stories to share. Alachua County Library District, Altrusa International of Gainesville, and the Human Library Organization encourage you to look beyond another person's "cover" to see their perspective at our Human Library.

Attendees can "borrow" three volunteers from diverse backgrounds for a set amount of time. In small group setting, the Human Books will share their experiences facing discrimination, bias, and stereotyping. Attendees can listen to and ask questions of people they may never meet otherwise. Human Books volunteers have personally experienced prejudice or stereotyping related to addiction, disabilities, ethnicity, family relations, gender, health, lifestyle, mental health, occupation, religion/ideology, sexual orientation, social status, or victim.

These conversations can dispel misconceptions about groups of people and, hopefully, help us all to find common ground. We encourage you to join us on May 15 to “unjudge someone.” 

Human Library FAQs

Where did the Human Library start?

The Human Library concept originated in Denmark in 2000 and spread to 70 countries. The organization strives to challenge prejudice and prevent conflicts by building empathy through dialogue. Learn more at humanlibrary.org.

Who looks out for the Books?

Readers are instructed to ask any questions with respect, curiosity, and engagement in listening. They are told that books may decline to answer some questions, and will be sharing their experiences in order to shed light on their journeys. Human Library Librarians accompany the Books throughout the event and are present during conversations. 

Do I need to sign up to attend?

No, you do not need to register to attend this event. The event is free. However, you must arrive by 2 p.m. for the introduction in order to participate.

Where is the event?

The Human Library will be held Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at the Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32641

By CameronB on May 13, 2022