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The Human Library exists to promote dialogue and inclusion towards persons who have experienced prejudice due to how they identify. This guide explains how Greenwood Library assists in that mission and how faculty and students can participate.

The Human Library

   

What is a Human Library?

The Human Library is an event that aims to create a dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human “books” and participants at the event can “read” the book – meaning they would have a one-on-one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience.

Event Details: 

Tuesday, October 22; 3:30- 5:00 & 6:00- 7:30 PM; Library Learning Commons

RSVP on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/702773360146126/ 

*Librarians will be available to introduce participants to their chosen book(s) & icebreaker questions will be made available to start the conversations.

2019 Greenwood Library Human Book Collection

 

Session I

3:30p - 5p

Session II 

6p - 7:30p   

Topics Book Title

Book Description

 

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Religion

The Faithfulness of God I have walked the faith-journey for many years and though I have experienced much loss, trials, and tribulations, I still rely on the Faithfulness of God in my life. I am a dedicated believer in Jesus and share whenever asked about His faithfulness in my life.

 

 

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Religion

From Missionary to Pilgrim: A Faith Journey Through Social Justice and Self-Reflection

 

 

Christian tradition from a liberal perspective.

 

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Religion

Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 

Break down stereotypes about members of my church. 

 

 

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International

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Adventures in Traveling on a Budget

 

 

Exploring the world isn't just for the wealthy.

 

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International

Experience a different life at Longwood

 

My story will explain my journey as an international student at Longwood University. 

 

 

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Identity 

 

 

My Life in Two Genders 

My book is the story of my journey from gender dysphoria as a male to gender euphoria as a female. My sex-change in 1997 took me from getting chalk-dust on my tweed jacket as a male tenured associate professor of English to getting butter on my blouse as a woman working in a single-screen movie theater. Longwood's trans-acceptance changed my life. It allowed me to find happiness and a home, to restart my career in academe, and to thrive as Longwood's first out trans-professor and out trans-administrator.

 

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Identity 
 

The Flaming Queen in Camo Green

 

Sexuality and gender roles within a small rural community.

* * Identity  Manbrarian I would like to break down stereotypes about 1) librarians in general; 2) male librarians

 

 

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Identity 

 
My Paradoxical Existence: Too Black for the Whites & Too White for the Blacks

 

From a being called a "sell-out" to a "reverse Oreo," my reflection will focus on my feelings of not being accepted from social identities of which I am a member. I will primarily focus on my experience with race and ethnicity, but will also include the intersectionality of sex, gender, and age. 

 

 

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Mental Health 

 

Beating the odds 

 

Overcoming obstacles 

 

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Mental Health 

 

Wait, what? 

I want to break down the barrier of invisible disabilities and mental wellness. I was born with an extra bone in my spine resulting in scoliosis through my entire spine (4 curves total). I'm also dyslexic and dysgraphic, and overcome severe depression and almost committed suicide multiple times. I've also dealt with bullying through k-12 because I just didn't fit in, and wasn't "girly". But on the outside, I look like your average 30-year-old white girl.

 

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Mental Health

Depression & Anxiety: You Would Have Never Guessed I want to be a book to break down stereotypes related to anxiety, depression, and shyness. More specifically how I hide my feelings of inadequacy and fears of abandonment from everyone every day of my life and how someone can spot the signs and help their friend or loved one.
*   First Responders Co. 1 Fire I would like to tell people what it is like being a firefighter and running into burning buildings.
*   First Responders Police Officer Three chapters: 71-year-old white male, 50-year law enforcement professional, and Christian pastor.
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Disability 

Lose a Leg, Gain a Perspective Going from healthy to crippled and the work to become mostly healthy again was a devastating process. And I learned that a person is not their disability and that facing such hardship can really clear the chaff from one's life.