Human books available to check out at USU’s first human library exhibit

Human books are currently available to check out at USU’s first Human Library exhibit where “readers” have the opportunity to talk about prejudices and stereotypes they might have about people with diverse experiences and backgrounds. The Human Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes intimate and informal opportunities for people to build understanding of others by opening a dialogue. Anne Hedrich, a USU librarian, is one of the co-organizers for the event, which started Tuesday.Participants will get a unique and authentic experience with a book that is a person, as they “check out” a book on a particular topic. After a reader looks at the catalog of different topics, they decide which book they are interested in. Angela Neff, a USU teaching assistant and co-organizer of the event, said “readers” must first agree to some guidelines, such as asking respectful questions. “We want our books treated well,” Neff said. Readers then get a library card and set up a time to have a conversation with the book, at which time they can hear and share stories about a particular topic.

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