Logan Square Arts Fest

On Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th, Human Library Chicago partnered with the Logan Square Arts Fest to bring a Human Library event to the Logan Square community. Books featured at this event included  Senior Citizen, Independent Pro Wrestler, Brain Tumor Survivor, Transgender MinisterCPS Teacher, Ex Convict, Living with HIV, Adopted, Blind, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Adopted, and Teen Parent. We were proud to be part of this annual arts festival and reach many new people who were previously unaware of the Human Library and its concept. See all photos from the event here.

National Veterans Art Museum

On Saturday, April 30th, 2016, Human Library Chicago partnered with the National Veteran’s Art Museum to bring a Human Library event to this amazing space in Chicago. Books featured at this event included Brain Tumor Survivor, Adoptee, Mexican-American, Senior Citizen, Independent Pro Wrestler, Dominatrix, Complex PTSD/DiD, and Vietnam Veteran.  We were happy to host this one of a kind event with NVAM- the first Human Library event we’ve held in a museum! The artwork created an amazing backdrop for our conversations. See all photos from the event here.

2nd annual Partnership with IIT

On March 31st, 2016, Human Library Chicago partnered for the second time with IIT to bring the Human Library to their campus. Through our partnership, we were able to mostly feature books from the student body and staff. The event even attracted staff from Andrews University to participate as readers. Take a look at our event: all of the photographs can be seen here.

Titles available from the student body included Undocumented and European, Gay, African American, Black Muslim Girl, and Survivor of Abuse.

We would like to thank IIT and it’s wonderful students and staff who worked tirelessly to make this event a success. Additionally, we’d like to thank Southside Occupational Academy whose Production Class students screen printed our t-shirts.

Human Library Chicago at Deborah’s Place

On March 26th 2016, Human Library Chicago held an event at Deborah’s Place in the North Lawndale community of Chicago. Deborah’s Place is the largest provider or supportive housing for women experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Our event was open to the residents and staff of Deborah’s Place, but also to the public. Take a look at our event: all of the photographs can be seen here.

We featured more Books at this event than any other. Our books at this event included Veteran, Senior CitizenBiracial, Asexual, Baha’i, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Arab Expat, Transgender Minister, Polyamorous Couple, HIV Positive, Chronic Depression, and Adoptee.

We would like to thank staff at Deborah’s Place for inviting us to use their space and  for working with us on creating such a successful event. Additionally, we’d like to thank Southside Occupational Academy whose Production Class students screen printed our t-shirts.  Thank you to all that participated.

Bezazian Library: November 14th, 2015

On November 14th, 2015, Human Library Chicago held it’s final event of the year in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago at Bezazian Public Library. Our ‘books’ were taken out over 45 times. Take a look at our event: all of the photographs can be seen here.

Our books at this event included Veteran, Senior Citizen, Muslim, CPS Teacher, Black, Growing up in a Blended Family, Biracial, Sex Worker, and Asexual.

We would like to thank staff at Bezazian Library for working with us on creating such a successful event. Additionally, we’d like to thank Southside Occupational Academy whose Production Class students screen printed our t-shirts.  We hope that everyone who participated in the event had as much fun as we had putting it together.

Partnership with IIT

On April 16th, 2015, Human Library Chicago partnered with IIT to bring the Human Library to their campus for the first time. Through our partnership, we were able to mostly feature books from the student body- with a few of our own published titles included. The event was highly praised by all student readers who participated. Take a look at our event: all of the photographs can be seen here.

Our books at this event included Transgender Male, Veteran, Transgender Minister, and Senior Citizen. Titles available from the student body included Undocumented and European, Suicide Loss Survivor, Polyamorous and Asexual, and Queer Psychologist.

We would like to thank IIT and it’s wonderful students and staff who worked tirelessly to make this event a success. Additionally, we’d like to thank Southside Occupational Academy whose Production Class students screen printed our t-shirts.  We hope that everyone who participated in the event had as much fun as we had putting it together.

Sulzer Library- March 14th, 2015

On March 14, 2015, Human Library Chicago held its first event of the year at Sulzer Regional Library. It was a huge success and we’d like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who was part of it. Our books were taken out over 50 times by readers. This event also featured our newly designed photo booth. We asked our readers to participate in the photo booth to underline the idea that everyone is human beyond a label. All of the photographs can be seen here.

Our books at this event included HIV Positive, Biracial, Iranian Feminist, Physical Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Transgender Male, Veteran, and Brain Tumor Survivor.

We would like to thank Sulzer Regional Library and it’s wonderful Librarians who helped make this event possible by providing us with a great space and logistical support. Additionally, we’d like to thank Southside Occupational Academy whose Production Class students screen printed our t-shirts. A huge thanks to Native Foods for providing lunch for all of our volunteers for the event. Finally, we want to thank every person who participated in our event. Without readers like you, events like this would not be possible. We hope that everyone who participated in the event had as much fun as we had putting it together.

Printers Row Lit Fest – June 2014

The first Human Library Chicago event took place on June 7th & 8th in 2014 at Printers Row Lit Fest. The two day event attracted more than 100 participants. Our 10 ‘books’ included the titles of HIV positive, Substance Use Disorder, Vegan, Bi-racial, Feminist, Kinky, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Atheist, and Venezuelan Expatriate.

Our first event was widely praised by participants. Here’s what people thought of their experience:

“Humanizing our biases has a very powerful impact. This experience underscored my belief that the complexity of the human experience humbles us all and likens us.”

“I learned that courage and bravery is every where and these open books are amazing human beings.”

“This experience was incredibly insightful. I’m so thankful to have had this experience.”

Couldn’t make it? Experience the Printers Row event by watching the video below!

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