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The Human Library™

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University Centre Shrewsbury

Business Lounge, Guildhall

Shrewsbury

SY3 8HQ

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The Shropshire Council Libraries Team have teamed up with international organisation and movement, the Human Library™, to set up a Human Library book depot in Shropshire.


Each Human Library™ event is designed to enable interactions that challenge stereotypes and prejudices through conversation. It is a library of individual human beings, drawn from different minority or marginalised groups in the community, that are somehow exposed to stigma, misunderstanding and / or discrimination.


Our current book themes are labelled as:

1. Depression

2. Living with Dementia

3. Gay

4. Gay Dad

5. Living with Asperger

6. Grief

7. Personality Disorder

8. Visually Impaired

9. Hair Loss


Through two-way dialogues, lasting 25 minutes, members of the public as ‘readers’ encounter and engage with the real-world life-stories of each ‘book’, and the obstacles or judgements they have encountered and overcome. What is innovative, beyond a read-aloud autobiography, is that reader and book can ask each other questions and fine tune each ‘reading’ to the enquiry of the individual reader, jumping to any chapter of the book’s life. It is a safe space to learn about other lives and discover the unique human being behind the generalised book title label.


By challenging prejudices that often leads to stigma and discrimination, Human Library events promote respect for difference and diversity in the community. In addition, they also create social interaction among the varied books who are also discovering each other’s labels and titles. The creation of these storytelling opportunities grows the confidence and communication skills of the books themselves and gives agency back to those who may have been overlooked or judged because of their personal characteristics or circumstances.


For more info about the Human Library follow the link to http://humanlibrary.org/ and come along to this fascinating event to find out more.

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