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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.

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 currently seeking volunteers for our upcoming events. Apply to volunteer with us. 

Saturday, February 10th, 2018
Human Library at Lincoln Park Library Branch

Time: Noon to 4pm

Location: Lincoln Park Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1150 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Human Library Chicago will hold a Human Library event at the Lincoln Park Branch of the Chicago Public Library. This is the Human Library’s first visit to the Lincoln Park community.

Finalized list of Books Available:
Adopted
Asexual
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autistic
Bisexual
(U.S. American) Black
Independent Pro Wrestler
Intersex Lesbian
Synesthesia
Transgender Minister
Transgender Non-binary

Saturday, March 10th, 2018
Human Library at Read/Write Library

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Location: Read/Write Library, 914 N. California, Chicago, IL 60622

This list of Books will be updated as the date of the event gets closer.

About the Read/Write Library:
Read/Write Library collects, preserves, and provides access to community media in order to inspire and promote diverse modes of cultural production and civic engagement. It strives to raise the visibility of work produced by Chicagoans of all backgrounds in order to reveal connective threads across neighborhoods, generations, and cultures and to encourage inquiry into and ownership of the historical record. The Library recognizes the contributions that all community members make to co-creating a city and believes that learning to value these stories plays a vital role in building empathy, community pride, and the ability to see oneself as a change agent.

Venue is ADA accessible and has gender neutral bathrooms.

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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