Become a book in our Human Library!Posted: February 21, 2018
Do you have a story to tell? Griffith University Library is looking for people to volunteer as human books in our second annual Human Library event to be held on 21 March 2018 at the Gold Coast campus.
Wait, what? A human library? A human book?
Human libraries are part of a global movement to break down social barriers and challenge prejudice and stereotypes through conversation. At Griffith, we value and recognise diversity. We believe we can help spark social change through encouraging positive conversations with people, who may not ordinarily have the opportunity to speak with each other.
How does the Human Library work?
In a Human Library, readers borrow people instead of books. If you sign up as a human book in our Griffith University Human Library, you can expect to be loaned out up to three times during the two-hour event. The loan period is for approximately 20 minutes, giving you enough time to share your story, answer questions from your borrower and engage in positive and real conversation.
Who can be a human book?
Human books are often people who have faced discrimination and prejudice in their life as a result of occupation, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, cultural background, health, social status, lifestyle or disability.
Our selection of books in last year’s Human Library included a homeless person, refugee, an adopted person, a Muslim woman, a Muslim man / prisoner of war, a lesbian, a gay male, a Maori, an Indigenous person, a woman in IT, a veteran and assistance dog, an author, a person with tattoos, a person with dreadlocks.
How do I register as a human book?
If you are willing to give people insight into your life with stigma, discrimination or prejudice in the hope to create a more tolerant and understanding community, we’d love to hear from you!
Want to see a Human Library in action?
The 2017 Griffith University Human Library was a huge success with 20 human books loaned out to borrowers. Check out our wrap-up of last year’s Human Library event.