Back in May, before the Escape the Ordinary series began, we looked at different types of libraries, especially “nomadic libraries.” Today in the seventh installment of this summer series, we’re looking at another type of library, a “human library,” where regular people are the books.
The Human Library Project takes place at Illinois State University, where volunteers become books in a type of performance art. According to Katie Pratt, the head of this program, “A Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice and social exclusion through respectful conversation.” This project begins its second year this Fall and anticipates a positive turnout based upon the buzz it generated last year.
You never know what someone’s story is. As the saying goes, “everyone has a story to tell and a lesson to teach.” If you’re interested in people’s stories, don’t’ forget to check out the Library’s biography collection, both in the library and on OverDrive.
What’s your story?