This message was sent to Students, Faculty, and Staff on February 11, 2013 by Magnus Bernhardsson, Gaudino Fund.
Recruiting for the Human Library
On March 1st and 2nd, Williams College will host its 2nd Human
Library, What book would you like to read? Send
firstname.lastname@example.org your input on subjects that you would like
to engage. Become a book and share your story. Become a librarian
and help to curate this amazing event.
from Magnus Bernhardsson, Gaudino Fund
We are organizing a Human Library here at Williams that will take place on
Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd from 1-4pm in the Paresky Center.
This is the second time the Human Library is held at Williams. Last year
it was a very successful and meaningful event and we are excited to bring
it back to Williams.
The Human Library is like a regular library except that the "books" are
human beings. Readers find a book that they like in the card catalog and
check out the book and speak to the human book for about 20-30 minutes.
The purpose of the library is to promote dialogue and work against
prejudice. It started in Denmark in 2001 as a way to stem anti-immigrant
Our Human Library will serve to enable Williams students, faculty and
staff to get to know the community and the community to get to know
Williams. We will have about 40 human books. Many of the books are people
who have overcome difficulties or experienced discrimination or prejudice.
For example, last year we had such books as "recovering alcoholic", "fat
woman", or "transgender". We also had books who have had unusual life
experiences such as "Iraq War veteran", "Olympic Athlete", or "child of
Holocaust survivors." For more information see the humanlibrary.org
If you have ideas about interesting books, please send us your suggestions
via email: email@example.com
The Human Library Organizing Committee.