We are currently seeking volunteers for our upcoming 2016 events. Apply to volunteer with us.
Saturday, March 26th, 2016
Time: Noon to 4pm
Location: 2822 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60612
Human Library Chicago will hold an event for the staff members and clients of Deborah’s Place, a service agency for women experiencing homelessness. Our goal will be to offer as many books as possible at this event as part of the agency’s month of cultural humility. Deborah’s Place invites members of the public to join us for this event.
Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Human Library Chicago will once again partner with the staff and students at Illinois Institute of Technology to host this annual event. Many participants will be from the IIT community and display the diversity of the University. Take a look at our previous event at IIT.
Saturday,April 30th, 2016
Human Library Chicago will hold an event with National Veterans Art Museum, which is dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. We are excited to feature some Books that regularly share their experience with the museum as well as our diverse array of Books on all topics.
A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human ‘books’ and participants in 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. ‘Books’ are volunteers from all walks of life who have experienced discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the community to share and understand the experiences of others in their community.
There are a lot of things the Chicago community can gain from this event. Participants, both volunteers and the public, can gain the understanding that dialogue between people can work to break the barriers that separate us. Additionally, participants will walk away with the mutual understanding of being human beyond a single identity. Our volunteers cherish the experience to share their narrative with others and forge new connections.
The Human Library is an international movement that started in Denmark in the year 2000 and has since made its way through over 30 countries. Human Library Chicago was created with the permission of the Human Library Organization. The Human Library Chicago team is working hard to bring regularly scheduled Human Library events to the Chicago area. Please fill out our contact form if you are interested in volunteering. We are always looking to meet more people interested in the Human Library mission.