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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: 

Thursday, October 21; 3:30- 5:00 pm; Library Learning Commons

RSVP on our Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/1i7Yk0pwn

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

2021 Greenwood Library Human Book Collection


Topics Book Title

Book Description


He died by suicide Due to the stereotype of men needing to remain "manly" without showing emotion or weakness, it is especially difficult for men to ask for help. The worst part is, though, that even if they do, mental health accessibility is broken. Ryan showed vulnerability in 2013 when he asked for help but due to the wait time for appointments and feeling inadequate as a man, he took his own life. I am a surviving spouse of suicide loss.


Dealing with parental loss at an early age

My story will help young folks who may have lost a parent and address the stigmatism of growing up in a single-parent home.

Invisible Disability

Different but the Same: Life with invisible Disabilities


My story will explain what life is like being born disabled, but not visibly so.




People tend to have idealized concepts about people who serve in the military, their motivations, and affiliations. My book will address these concepts.

College Student Poverty 


Paycheck To Paycheck I know I represent a very overlooked community of people on campus. I'm a full-time student, I'm a full-time employee (off campus), and I consider myself to be a full-time active member of my community. I feel like my lifestyle is not understood by most. You usually see one of these three traits being the focus of a student by choice (school, work, networking), but all three of those things are an absolute necessity for me and for many on the campus. I want to break down that being poor doesn't mean you're worthless, and that your lifestyle may be unorthodox but that doesn't mean its the wrong way to live. I would like to send this message with the attitude of "you can do it all and you can do it all happy."
Transsexual My One Life in Two Genders I want to share with readers my experiences of living as a transwoman for a quarter of a century who overcame career-destroying transphobia to succeed as being Longwood University's first openly transgender professor and then administrator.
Hispanic Bridges not Borders I have a story worth telling that is not something that you would hear every day. Some stereotypes that I am looking to break down are toxic masculinity, student life in college, and the notion Hispanics/Latinos cross borders.
Skin Tone Acceptance: Living with Vitiligo I will talk about what my life has been like living with a skin condition known as Vitiligo. 


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