Become a Human Book at the Human Library
Do you have a story to tell? Do you want to help challenge stereotypes, stigma, and misconceptions and generate a culture of acceptance? Do you have valuable experiences that readers could benefit from learning about?
If you have experienced prejudice due to issues relating to race, sex, age, disability, sexual preference, gender identity, class, religion/belief, lifestyle choices or other aspects of who you are, volunteer to become a Human Book, and share your story.
What is a Human Book and how does it work?
A Human Book is a person who volunteers to represent a stigmatised group in the community based on their personal experiences and can answer questions from readers to help challenge what is being said/told/understood about a given topic. Example books titles might include, someone with autism, a disabled person, an ex-offender. The possibilities are endless.
A reader will then choose to ‘read,’ talk with a Human Book at the Human Library event. The Human Book will invite the reader to ask questions based on their story.
Manchester Metropolitan University Library will be hosting the Human Library on Wednesday 26th Februaryfrom 12pm until 4pm in the Chat Zone, All Saints Library.
Register to be a Human Book
If you feel you have something to contribute, please register as a Human Book at the Human Library. You will be reviewed by the Human Library Organisation and provided with additional information – please specify on your application that you wish to volunteer for the event at Manchester Met on the 26th Feb.
On becoming a Human Book, you must commit to attending the training scheduled to take place on 19thFebruary at Manchester Met (alternative arrangements can be made if you are unable to make this date). You will then need to commit to spending some time as a Human Book on Wednesday 26th February, 12-4 – you will also be free to borrow other Human Books on offer.
If you wish to only register to attend the event as a reader, you can do so by signing up on Eventbrite.
If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact the library at email@example.com.