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RPL welcomes return of the Human Library to Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:30 PDT, Tue April 9, 2024

Back by popular demand, Richmond Public Library is proud to welcome the Human Library® on Sunday, April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brighouse library.

The first Human Library® event was held in Denmark in 2000, and has since expanded around the world, establishing itself as a global learning platform, creating space for dialogue between human Books and their readers. The natural conversations that take place between Books and readers can not only help challenge prejudices and stereotypes but also contribute more broadly to unjudging someone and creating greater cohesion across social, ethnic, and religious divisions.

During the Human Library® event, readers will see a listing of available book titles and select one to “borrow” for a 20-minute reading slot. Readers and books will then have a one-on-one conversation where Books will introduce themselves and readers will have the opportunity to ask questions. The books are all local volunteers interested in connecting and sharing their stories of overcoming personal hardship with others.

For those who attended last year’s inaugural event at Richmond Public Library, a few familiar titles will be available as well as a variety of new ones, each exploring complex topics that will challenge pre-existing views.

“Hopefully I can break some of that stigma about mental health, substance abuse and homelessness,” one of the books shared, as she prepares for the upcoming event. “To see the struggles in my life have led me to be able to help so many people that have similar struggles, and that there is a happy ever after for the way each individual would like to see their life play out.”

This is a drop-in event and participants will be invited to borrow as many books as they like on a first-come, first-served basis until "last call" at 3:30 p.m. Teens, adults, and seniors are all encouraged to attend. Learn more on 

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