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A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human ‘books’ and participants in the event can ‘read’ the book- meaning they would have a one on one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. ‘Books’ are volunteers from all walks of life who have experienced discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the community to share and understand the experiences of others in their community.

Interested in volunteering with us? Apply to volunteer today!

There are a lot of things the Chicago community can gain from this event. Participants, both volunteers and the public, can gain the understanding that dialogue between people can work to break the barriers that separate us. Additionally, participants will walk away with the mutual understanding of being human beyond a single identity. Our volunteers cherish the experience to share their narrative with others and forge new connections.

The Human Library is an international movement that started in Denmark in the year 2000 and has since made its way through over 70 countries. Human Library Chicago was created with the permission of the Human Library Organization. The Human Library Chicago team is working hard to bring regularly scheduled Human Library events to the Chicago area. Please fill out our contact form if you are interested in volunteering. We are always looking to meet more people interested in the Human Library mission.

Our organization is administered by Intersection, a not for profit with the purpose of engaging and educating communities through social contact and raise awareness of social issues.

Events

We are always seeking volunteers for our upcoming events. Apply to volunteer with us. 

 

Human Library at Bezazian Branch, Chicago Public Library

When: Saturday, March 23rd, Noon to 4:00 pm

Location: Bezazian Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1226 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL 60640

About Bezazian Public Library.

Human Library Chicago chapter is returning to the Chicago Public Library Bezazian Branch. In the community room, HLC will organize a Human Library event which will be open to the public and, as always, free.

Book titles available will include:
Adopted
Autistic
Brain Tumor Survivor
Multiple Sclerosis
Physical Disability
Senior Olympian
Synesthesia
Third cultural Kid
Transgender Nonbinary
Vietnam Veteran

 

Human Library at NEIU’s Ronald Williams Library

When: Tuesday, April 2nd, 1pm-4pm

Location: NEIU Ronald Williams Library, 5500 N. Saint Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

About NEIU Ronald Williams Library.

The Ronald Williams Library at Northeastern Illinois University is partnering with Human Library Chicago to host their first Human Library event! NEIU, on Chicago’s North Side, is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and is listed as the most diverse college or university in the midwest by U.S. News and World Report. We are excited about this opportunity. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend the event.

Book titles available will include:
(Former) Teen Mom
Muslim, African American, & Obese
Senior Olympian
Synesthesia
Vietnam Veteran
Young Single Mother

 

Human Library at Loyola University

When: Monday, April 8th, 4-7pm

Location: Student Commons at Maguire Hall, 1 East Pearson, Chicago, IL 60611

About Loyola University.

Our second event in partnership with Loyola University. Books at this event will be from the student body and faculty of Loyola University as well as from Human Library Chicago. Loyola encourages members of the public to attend this event.

Book titles will be announced at a later date.

Support

The Human Library Chicago program is administered by Intersection, a not for profit with the purpose of engaging and educating communities through social contact and raise awareness of social issues. Human Library Chicago is Intersection’s main program.

The Human Library Chicago program provides all it’s events completely free to the public. However, behind the scenes, there are expenses. Contributing enables us to provide volunteers with T-shirts, to promote events with posters and flyers, to give out promotional materials at an event, and provides lunch for volunteers. Additionally, we may participate in festivals and require funds to pay for a space. All contributions are greatly appreciated and used efficiently to bring the best events to the public.

Intersection is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations made to Intersection are tax deductible.









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