Imagine going into the library and taking out a book you’d like to read. Pretty standard, right? But now imagine, instead of reading it, you can have a conversation with it.
The Human Library consists of human books and readers: real people. Each of these ‘books’ belong to a group of society or minority of people that is distinct from the mainstream because of their sexual preference, ethnicity, religion or any other differentiating feature. These ‘books’ are segregated or are targets of prejudice and stereotyping. Readers, meaning YOU, are given the chance to take out a ‘book on loan’ which they are curious about or have a prejudice against, and listen to what they have to say.
In a society filled with prejudice and intolerance towards various groups, the Human Library attempts to bridge the gap and allow for dialogue and comprehension to take over. Through this informal and laid-back way of bringing people together, the Human Library also allows for those who may have experienced segregation and prejudice to have the chance to talk to people they may feel identified with.
On the 30th of June, the Human Library will take place in the Groningen Forum. Oude Boteringestraat 18 from 12:00 - 17:00. This free of charge event, organised by a group of students in Groningen wanting to make a difference, is open for everyone with an open-mind.
Klopt wat we denken over mensen op basis van de buitenkant wel met de werkelijkheid? De Human Library onderzoekt het! Vandaag kwamen meer dan 90 mensen naar de Human Library NL om te praten met hun vooroordeel. De sfeer was ontzettend goed. Er vielen enkele tranen, er werd veel gelachen en er zijn vele prachtige en intense verhalen gedeeld. De Human Library 2018 mag met recht een succes worden genoemd. Volgend jaar weer?