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New 'Human' Library Opens, but You Don't Go There to Check Out Books

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If you’re a reader, you know the value of a good book. Exploring a new place or character can be thrilling, and the more we discover the more we want to read.

I’m a sucker for a good story. If the writing is really good, I even start to feel like the characters I’m reading about are real.

But … what if those characters were real? What if they were actual living, breathing human beings like you and me?

May I introduce, for your reading enjoyment, The Human Library. Warning — the books you’ll find here don’t have pages, and if you’re a “book sniffer” (like myself) you might want to refrain when it comes to these titles, if only because taking a whiff of a complete stranger is against social norms.

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But, as The Human Library is going outside social norms, you might be safe sniffing after all.

According to their website, “The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.”

Diversity is the word when it comes to this sort of library. Instead of checking out books, patrons are invited to check out people.

The Human Library originated in Copenhagen in early 2000. Now the trend is spreading, and events are popping up all over the world.

The website promises an opportunity for readers to “challenge their stereotypes” by taking a chance to speak with “real people.” People who we might not meet or encounter in our everyday lives and conversations.

The “book titles” range from individuals suffering from HIV, bipolar disorder, and sexual abuse to those with lifestyles involving everything from polyamory to body piercings. Patrons are expected to ask “difficult questions” of their living books, as the site promises The Human Library is “A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.”

“Hate crimes in the U.S. have risen 12% in the last two years,” the above video announces. “We need to listen to each other now more than ever.”

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What do you think about this new way of approaching diversity and understanding? Would you “check out” one of these books if they came to an area near you?

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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