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Human Library participant in 2016

Human Library participant sharing his story in 2016 to first year students.

Human Library seeks volunteers to become Books

The Human Library at Illinois State University is seeking volunteers to tell their stories as human “Books” this fall.

Volunteers will spend time sharing personal experiences with small groups of first-year students at Illinois State. A Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice and social exclusion through respectful conversation.

Every story is unique so we are seeking stories of individuals who have endured adversity, stereotypes and have shown perseverance in the face of diversity or social exclusion. Those interested need to submit a short “Book Summary” on the Human Library website by August 31 and must be available for at least one hour for the Human Library on September 20.

When submitting their summary, volunteers will need to choose a title for their Book. Stories can range from those who battle depression and cancer, to former gang members and stay-at-home moms. A list of previous Book volunteers and summaries are available online for interested individuals. Anyone from faculty, staff, students and community members can sign up as a Book volunteer.

The Human Library at Illinois State began in 2014, with around 500 first-year students meeting with Books. The Human Library on September is available only to students enrolled in Success 101, LinC, and Transfer Student Seminar courses who will be the Readers of our Book volunteers. Ninety-eight percent of students who have participated in the Human Library would recommend the experience to another student.

Day of volunteers will also be needed for student check in and other duties. Volunteers can sign up online.

For additional information, contact the Human Library Committee at humanlibrary@ilstu.edu.

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