Modeled on a traditional library, the Human Library Rhode Island 2014 consists of “human books” – real people who have volunteered to tell their personal stories and to answer questions about life experiences. Readers are invited to browse a catalog and check out a “book” for a 15-minute, one-on-one conversation, during which they can learn about their subject and ask questions in a safe, respectful setting.
With this unique reading experience, human libraries strive to promote understanding by allowing people to test the truth behind preconceptions. “Human books” are people with powerful stories to tell and all have experienced prejudice and disadvantage in their lives. Assembled from across Rhode Island, this eclectic and thought-provoking collection of more than 50 “human books” is organized by a large consortium of Rhode Island libraries and sponsoring organizations.
In collaboration with the Roger Williams University Library and Honors Program, the second annual Human Library Rhode Island will be held in the University’s Global Heritage Hall on Sunday, March 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information about Human Library Rhode Island and to view a full listing of the “human books” speaking at the event, visit www.humanlibraryrhodeisland.com.