Shropshire Council

Shropshire Libraries to host Human Library events to challenge stigma

14 December 2017 Last updated at 04:11

Shropshire Libraries have teamed up with the Human Library™, an international organisation and movement, to set up a Human Library™ book depot in Shropshire. 

What is the Human Library™?

The Human Library™ is a collection of individual human beings, drawn from different minority or marginalised groups in our community, that have somehow been exposed to stigma, misunderstanding or discrimination.

How do the events work?

Each Human Library™ event is designed to facilitate interactions that challenge stereotypes and prejudice through conversation. During each 30 minute conversation, members of the public as ‘readers’ can access, encounter and engage with the life stories of each human ‘book’, by asking questions and by listening to the answers.

Call to participate

Shropshire Libraries are looking for people who would be interested in volunteering to become a Human Library book. To be considered for this, individuals should have been exposed to stereotypes, stigma or discrimination due to: religious beliefs, sexuality or gender, ethnicity, occupation, lifestyle, social status, political conviction and health and disability related topics.

If you would like to become a Human Library book, please follow the link to how to get published in the Human Library http://humanlibrary.org/meet-our-human-books/getting-published-online-book-application-form/ or contact Mirka Duxberry on mirka.duxberry@shropshire.gov.uk.  Workshop for volunteers interested in becoming Human Library books (potential bestsellers) is set for Tuesday 16 January 2018 in Shrewsbury Library.

The press release can be found on http://shropshire.gov.uk/news/2017/12/human-library-events/. For more information about the Human Library™ see http://humanlibrary.org/.