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KU to Host Human Library Event

by Kutztown University

Mar 14, 2019

KUTZTOWN, PA – Kutztown University will host its second Human Library event on Thursday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rohrbach Library. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. It is a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. Readers will have the opportunity to check out a human book to “read” for up to 20 minutes in a one-on-one setting or small group setting. This event is free and open to the public.

The event is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

Organized by the Rohrbach Library staff and the Office of Inclusion and Outreach, this Human Library will have a variety of books which include students, staff, and community members as well as “sequel books” from the first Human Library event.

The Human Library, or “Menneskebiblioteket” as it is called in Danish, was developed in Copenhagen in the spring of 2000 as a project for Roskilde Festival by Ronni Abergel, his brother Dany, and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen. The original event was open eight hours a day for four days and featured more than fifty different titles. The broad selection of books provided readers with ample choices to challenge their stereotypes. More than 1,000 readers participated, leaving librarians, organizers and readers stunned at the impact of the Human Library.

For more information about this unique event, please visit library.kutztown.edu/humanlibrary.

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