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Come check out a ‘book’ at the Human Library Project

Come check out a ‘book’ at the Human Library Project

The Human Library Project has renewed itself for second year! Come visit the “books” at Front Range Community College’s (FRCC) Rocky Mountain Room on Wednesday, March 20, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event is coordinated by Westminster Public Library and FRCC.

What is a “human library” you ask? Founded in 2001 to promote human rights and build tolerance, the Human Library is a worldwide phenomenon. The “books” are people who take part in Human Library events and provide 15 minute conversations about their life and the challenges and stereotypes they have had to overcome. Readers come to the event and “borrow” the books/people in order to meet individuals from different social groups and backgrounds and expand their understanding of differences.

One of the project coordinators is Irving Street Librarian Lu Wright who helps plan and promote the event. “We’re excited to host another Human Library because visitors gave us such great feedback on the last one and encouraged us to hold another,” said Wright. “We will have available ‘titles’ such as Previously Homeless, Transgender Woman, and Veteran, to give just a few examples, and learn more about that person, their life and the challenges and stereotypes that they have overcome or faced.”

College Hill Librarian Kathe Gibb has also been involved with the planning the Human Library Project event.

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