"Human Books" Bring Poignant Personal Stories To Local Libraries

If you were to tell the story of your life so far, what title would you give it?

Imagine browsing a library that's filled not with traditional paper books, but with human books, people ready to share their personal stories in the old-fashioned way: by saying them out loud. That's the vision of the global movement called Human Library—and they're making it reality! And when Human Library brought its mission to start conversations, challenge stereotypes, and eliminate prejudices through dialogue to Fairfield, Connecticut, there were some truly magical books available to "borrow."

A young woman named Marina Linland titled her Human Book "Rootless: Growing Up As A Military Kid." When a library visitor "borrowed" her, Marina would sit down with them and share her unique experiences as a daughter of an active service member.

Eric Mayrhofer, another Human Book, called his "Living Ambiguously," and focused his story on the contradictions between his identity as a gay man and his Catholic upbringing.

All in all, there were 40 volunteer Human Books at the Fairfield University event. Library visitors would choose a book from the list of story titles, and learn all about that Human Book. But it wasn't just the visitors who got to enjoy new stories.

"I was expecting it to be more formal," said Human Book Marina of the act of sharing her story. "In reality, it was a conversation. People would tell me their experiences that they related to."

If you love the idea of a Human Library, visit http://humanlibrary.org for more info!

This video was produced by Tracy Chevrier and shot/edited by Matt Kravitsky. To see more Good News, visit our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

P.S. You should also know about The Digital Human Library, a not-for-profit organization providing connections-based learning opportunities for teachers and students.

#Learn2Connect and #Connect2Learn provides online classes accessible from anywhere across the country, with hundreds of organizations and experts around the world who are sharing stories, answering questions, and delivering interactive curriculum-based programs using video conferencing technology – at no cost to the visitor.

For more, visit https://www.digitalhumanlibrary.org.

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