Join Arlington Public Library to Challenge Stereotypes and Unjudge Someone

The Human Library® creates a safe space for dialogue where topics are discussed openly between our human books and their readers. All of our human books are volunteers with personal experience with their topic. The Human Library® is a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.

How it works: Attendees, also known as "readers," will be able to borrow "human books" for 30-minute conversations. All human books come with a title and synopsis to help readers select what they would like to "read" (ie. with whom they would like to converse). This is an opportunity to speak with people with different lived experiences.

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Mutual respect, patience and sensitivity are requirements for participation in this event. If you are interested in participating in this event, please review our Code of Conduct on the Library website.

About our Books: Our human books are volunteers and active members of the Arlington community or wider metro DC area. Invited human books include: "Blind/Low Vision," "Black Transgender Man," "Tattoo Artist," "Bipolar Disorder," "Anxiety Disorder," "Previously Incarcerated" and "Nonspeaking Autism." Everyone has a story, and they are willing to share theirs with you in this safe environment. 

RSVP for an event reminder. First come, first served. Depending upon the turnout, "readers" will be able to place one or more holds on a book. Multiple family members can check out a book together. We regret we cannot place holds in advance of the event. You must be present to place a hold.  

Please note: This event is best for ages 14+. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 

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For our current policies on masking please see our Library Operations Update.

This event supports Arlington Public Library's celebration of National Library Week.

Saturday, April 29, 2023
12:00pm - 4:00pm
2nd Floor
Central Library
Events for Adults Events for High Schoolers Events for Middle Schoolers Good for Adults Age 55+
Arlington Public Library
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