Redwood City Library is inviting the community to visit its first ever “Human Library,” with first sessions set for Sept. 22.
In a recent newsletter, Library Director Derek Wolfgram says the Human Library is a program where participants can “borrow” a person for a 15 to 20 minute conversation in the same way they borrow a book.
The Library has “collected” humans with a wide variety of experiences to participate in the discussions on Sept. 22. By clicking here and signing up, you can schedule time in the community room of the Downtown Library to chat with a cancer survivor, gay parent, formerly homeless person, police officer, recovered addict and son, transgender, refugee, former mayor, conservative, and more. Visitors can “check out” up to three discussions per session.
Visitors can also walk in and sign up on Sept. 22.
“The aim of the Human Library is to foster conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices,” the Library stated, noting the concept was started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000.
Said Wolfgram, “The humans available for conversations have stories to tell about their lives, and are willing to answer questions from community members through these one-on-one conversations.”
For more information about the program, click here