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Human Library Event

When:
September 23, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2021-09-23T17:00:00-04:00
2021-09-23T20:00:00-04:00
Where:
Historic Downtown Beckley
Neville Street
Beckley
WV 25801
Contact:
Beckley Art and Entertainment
304-923-5820
Word Park in Beckley, WV
on Sept. 23, from 5 pm – 8 pm.
📚 The Human Library event is a wonderful event as part of BEX 2021 and is created & organized by Christina Baisden.
The objectives of the human library are as follows:
● Build understanding for diversity
● Facilitate a greater acceptance, tolerance, and social cohesion in the community
● Create a real connection between people
● Innovating the approach to challenge stigma, stereotypes, and prejudices
● Give a voice to stigmatized groups of the community
● Create support platforms for a greater understanding of diversity and social cohesion
We ask that you show the utmost respect and integrity during this event.
FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING AS A BOOK:
Please contact Christina Baisden via email: [email protected]
What is a Human Library?
The Human Library concept is of a library that lends people rather than books. The ‘Books’ are people who have experienced prejudice, social exclusion, or stigma, and they are ‘borrowed’ by ‘Readers’ who can ask any question they like, to both learn about the other person and also challenge their own prejudices.
The idea is simple and intuitive and is based on the notion that one-to-one conversations will allow a personal experience of sharing, questioning, and reflection that can radically shift perceptions. People who have taken part in these events elsewhere have reported that they can be profound experiences for all concerned.
What happens?
When you enter the library, you will see a list of human ‘books’ that are available. You can discuss the process with the librarians, and arrange to borrow someone. You will be introduced to your ‘book’, the guidelines readout, and you will be left to have a conversation. After your session ends, you can choose to borrow another ‘book’ if you wish. Come and browse our human catalog.