University Libraries Host Human Library on Earth Day

Human Library (Liesbeth Bernaerts photo)

The Libraries invite the public and the campus community to participate in the Human Library on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Learning Commons in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

Originating in Denmark, the Human Library is an international phenomenon, having occurred in 65 countries over the past 12 years. This event promotes dialogue and encourages understanding by providing a safe and encouraging environment within which people of different backgrounds can interact and learn from each other.

As part of a campus-wide celebration of Earth Day, the Human Library provides an opportunity to “check out” a “living book” for 15 minutes of informal one-on-one conversation.

Some examples of “living books” available for “check out” include an Army ROTC cadet, belly dancer, someone living with Crohn’s disease, mushroom farmer, nudist, Puerto Rican living with cerebral palsy, rabbi, vegan and witch.

The Human Library is made possible by the Veli W. & Ida G.L. Wallenius Library Endowment Fund, which supports diversity programming. The event is endorsed by the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

For information, contact Madeleine Charney at 577-0784 or