Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Transgender, Muslim or the parent of a victim of gun violence? Would you like to talk to someone who is willing to share their experience of prejudice or discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, disability, or another aspect of their lives?
If you have, EPL's April 24th Human Library will offer you the opportunity to hear such stories and engage in a dialogue with a person who acts as a human "Book" for you, the "Reader."
At this event you can borrow a “Book” for a 30 minute one-on-one conversation designed to encourage a deeper understanding among members of our community and to foster frank conversations between people in a safe environment.
This will be the fifth Human Library event held at Evanston Public Library and the first since Covid cancelled all in person library events.
Readers at past events have commented that the Human Library event taught them "...how discrimination takes place all around in different forms,” and that “Prejudice comes from not knowing.” Other comments included “By hearing other people’s stories, one can reflect on how they themselves may have discriminated against or stigmatized others. Connection is an antidote to stigma.” “Learning about one another is the best way to understand one another.”
Our next Human Library will take place on the east side of the third floor of the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston on Sunday, April 24 from 1-4. This is a drop in event so registration is not required. All ages are welcome but those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Join us and learn how to "unjudge someone!"
This event is being held in conjunction with "The Bias Inside Us" exhibit organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibit can be viewed on the 3rd floor of the Main Library from April 9 through May 8, 2022. Major support for the exhibit is provided by The Otto Bremer Trust.