We are looking for FAU students, faculty, staff, and community members to volunteer as “books” for the Human Library on April 13th, 2023.
The idea of a Human Library is to lend people’s stories to the community in order to help individuals challenge stereotypes and prejudices through conversation. Originating in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the program is a registered international nonprofit that helps people around the world see past the "covers" - stereotypes, fears, and misconceptions about other people that might differ in some way.
FAU Libraries are hosting a Human Library event on Thursday, April 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the community.
We are currently looking for human "books" volunteers with an interesting life story or who experienced discrimination and marginalization based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, disability, and other aspects of their life. The volunteers must be willing to share their stories and want to challenge the stigma surrounding their identity.
On the day of the event, community members or "readers" select a book title they are interested in, go to the volunteer representing the title, and listen as they share their stories.
These "reading" sessions have no filters or editing. Afterward, readers can ask the book any questions with an open mind.
Past volunteers have said they've gained insight into their own stories and experiences by listening to readers' questions. Our volunteers have also found more acceptance after the interaction and have enjoyed forging new friendships.
Are you interested in participating? Fill out the volunteer form!