"Where 'books' are people, and 'reading' is a conversation ... and where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered."
The original Human Library was organized in Denmark in 2000 in response to a violent hate crime. The movement blossomed, and today there are Human Libraries in over 70 countries around the world.
Our mission? Engage the public in conversations about equality, diversity, and human rights, with the goals of reducing tension and violence and increasing social cohesion.
Organized completely by volunteers, human libraries are events modeled after traditional libraries where visitors check out a range of titles. The difference is that the "books" are people, and "reading" is a conversation.
The Human Library of the Fox Valley, an initiative of the recently incorporated not-for-profit Fox Valley Face-to-Face, was founded by FVFTF board members Jennifer DuBose, Cara Schuster, and Mary Swanson, and is endorsed by the Human Library Organization based in Denmark. We're partnering with local volunteers from traditionally marginalized groups, human "books," to create safe, free opportunities for "readers" to better understand those with whom they share their communities, during 1:1 conversations lasting up to 30 minutes.
We're challenging prejudice, one book at a time. Our world faces curious challenges, tensions, and devastating humanitarian crises born of our perceived differences.
This is our response.
We cannot build this project, and indeed this movement, without you! Though we may never fully realize the impact of our stories on others' lives, we hope you'll consider making a difference by becoming a "book" in our Human Library.
Residents of the Fox Valley aged 18 and over who have experienced stigma and discrimination are welcome to apply, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your information will be kept strictly confidential.
Examples of book titles used in other Human Libraries include: Autistic, Homeless, Alcoholic, Gay, Black, Latino, PTSD, Muslim, Depression, Wheelchair User, Dyslexic, Immigrant, Vegetarian, Food Allergies, Atheist, Refugee, Transgender. What's the title of your book?
Not sure you're ready to become a book, but interested in supporting the Human Library in some other way? Let us know! Check out our Support page at www.humanlibraryofthefoxvalley.org.