Human Library


A Human Library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other. Human books are volunteers who are willing to share their stories and/or their expertise. Participants can “borrow” human books for 20 or 30 minutes at a time in order to have a conversation and ask questions about the book’s topic.

The library is a safe place to have some positive conversations to challenge stereotypes and prejudices, or just to get to know another individual.

In the Central NY area, several CLRC member libraries are holding Human Library events during the month of April, in celebration of National Library Week which runs from April 10 – 16, 2016. The theme of National Library Week is “Libraries Transform”, which is certainly applicable to human libraries!

The following events are scheduled for April 2016 in Central NY libraries:

Syracuse University Libraries April 6 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
Liverpool Public Library April 12 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Beauchamp Branch Library April 16 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Soule Branch Library April 20 5:15 – 7:15 pm

And just slightly to the west:

Finger Lakes Coimmunity College April 14 5:00 – 8:00 pm