The Human Library at Towson University
The Human Library at Towson University is organized by Albert S. Cook Library and the Center for Student Diversity. We are looking for “Human Books” to challenge stereotypes through respectful conversation with others, and volunteers to help coordinate our Human Library event.

The Human Library is a conversation event, where people act as books with titles like: Muslim, Gay, Republican, Alcoholic, Lesbian, ADHD, Lower income, Transgender, etc. Essentially, people become a library of human beings!

Books are checked out by patrons who want to have a conversation. Ultimately, the event hopes to challenge societal prejudices and to bring a better understanding of community to everyone involved. We want to visually tell the world “Don’t judge a book by its cover!"

The Human Library will be open for two days this Fall: Tuesday, October 16th and Wednesday, October 17th. Books and volunteers will meet at the University Union in Room 306 for a short orientation from 11:00am to Noon. Books will be available for patrons to checkout on both days from Noon to 4:00pm.

Earn community service hours! Volunteer to be a Human Book and/or to help coordinate the event. If you are available and interested in participating in the Human Library, please fill out the form below.

If you are interested in attending as a patron, please note the dates and times.

We look forward to your participation!

Sarah Gilchrist and Mahnoor Ahmed

Learn more about The Human Library:

"The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered."

Find more information on the global phenomenon of the Human Library here: http://humanlibrary.org/

Find more information on the Human Library at Towson University here: http://towson.libguides.com/tuhumanlibrary

In 2016, our event was featured in the Towerlight. You can read that article here: http://thetowerlight.com/human-library-premieres-at-cook/

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Gilchrist at sgilchrist@towson.edu.

The purpose of this event is to encourage dialogue that helps people understand perspectives and life experiences that may differ from their own. We expect our books to represent themselves as individuals and not to promote or proselytize ideas or beliefs. Books and readers are asked to have civil, tolerant, and respectful exchanges. Are you comfortable with these guidelines? *
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