Friday , April 19 2024

Which “Book” Would You Take Out At This Human Library?

You’ve probably heard of a school library, public library, or even a toy lending library, but what about a human library? A local community college held its first event of this kind, where readers take out much more than books. Browse the shelves at a more typical library and you’ll find titles like Good Night Moon, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and The Grapes of Wrath. At a Human Library, though, these are the books: Danny Kim, a genocide survivor; Briana Sawyer, a black student; and Bertha Reyes, an immigrant. Last week, these and about two dozen other so-called “books” gathered at Reedley College to take part in the school’s first Human Library. They’re called books because they have their own unique stories to tell, with titles like “Catholic,” “child of deaf adults,” or “vegan.” Under a tent on the Reedley College quad, they sit along one side of a long banquet table—called a “bookshelf”—and wait for “readers” to sit down and strike up conversation. In a throng of readers
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