Human Library - Take out a prejudice

Why Become A Reader?

Transgender book with two female readers Because reading in the Human Library is unlike any kind of reading you will ever get a chance to do again. Some readers, before they are readers, have asked us: "Well, do I have to admit that I am homofobic, in order to use the services of the Human Library? And of course the answer to that question is NO. There are ample reasons to take out a living book, and readers do not have to be declared biggots to join in. You become a reader because you realise that there is information available to you, that you cannot obtain elsewhere or obtain only under these circumstances. Information that can help you understand things and people better.

Readers at the counter in Budapest 2005Read to learn

You read to gain knowledge and maybe even understanding of the other. In return, you can ask what you've always wanted to know. But beware that the book is reading you, as much as you are reading the book. A session with a Living Book can be a real eye opener, or just another day in the Library, it depends on the eyes that meets the book. Becoming a reader is very easy, the only thing needed is to approach the librarians and ask for a library card for the Human Library. People are always saying, that everybody is in a hurry and there is no time to meet someone. When reading in the Human Library, that is exactly what the time is for. 

Police Officer Helen with reader in London. A unique opportunity

Becoming a reader is a unique opportunity for you to challenge your beliefs or face your fears in the form of another human being. Think about it, that tax attorney you always wondered about, the vegetarian you heard never has meat, or the muslim that is not a fundamentalist. Building bridges through dialogue is one way of creating safety in a community. When people know each other, that is when they really feel safe. Becoming a Human Library reader is just that, a chance to maybe feel a bit more safe about some things of concern, and to adress them.

 

(Upd. 29/01/09)