The reader goes to the Human Library registration desk in the gallery area on the main floor of the library and selects a book from a list of book titles and descriptions. You will register your choice and a volunteer will escort you to the human book in the reading room. Books share their personal story to a reader. A reader is encouraged to ask questions or share as well. This conversation lasts 20 minutes. There is a handout with conversation starter questions in case you need some help figuring out what to say. Be yourself and relax; it will also help the human book. When the book is due, the conversation ends and you are escorted back to the registration desk where you will fill out a brief survey about your experience. You are also welcome to borrow another human book.
Please note that you are welcome to come with friends, but there is a limit of three persons per human book. The conversation is intended to be personal and intimate.
Rules for Human Library Readers
If the conversation lags, here are some sample questions that readers can ask.
You can drop by anytime between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm to meet with a book. You do not need to arrive at the beginning of the event but do try to arrive no later than 5:30 pm. Depending on the number of people, there can be a line of readers waiting to talk to books. While you wait, you can review the list of books available and read through some event information. Conversations are scheduled for 20 minutes.