Human Library to tell a tale in Providence

February 27, 2013 by  

The Human Library – Rhode Island project is a unique one in which people can borrow a human book from the library. The event will take place this weekend and people are rolling up to tell their story as a human book.

The project received funding from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and is a collaboration between the Barrington Public Library, East Providence Public Library, and Providence Community Library. The Human Library was first created in 200 by the Danish organization Stop the Violence; it now takes place annually in over 60 countries. The goal is to foster understanding by allowing people to have a one-on-one conversation with those they might never have met or have thought to talk to in the past.

Patrons basically go to the library and check out a human; these human books have titles such as ‘The Anarchist next door’, ‘Becoming blind’, ‘Cyclist’, ‘Ex-felon’ and ‘A man without a label’. Volunteers receive a two-hour training session beforehand.

This unique project will no doubt attract interested readers from all over the area, including Johnston. Local printing companies will likely be helping the organizers of the event get the word out to the greater community – either to look for interested volunteers or readers.

The Human Library – Rhode Island will take place at the Rochambeau Library on March 3 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Patrons are allowed to check out more than one book if they have time.