General Information for Human Books
What can I expect during my “loan” time?
Behave respectfully towards the readers and other books, even if your own opinions, beliefs or view of life are not the same. The Human Library is based on mutual respect.
Be yourself; open and honest.Do not play a role or overdramatize; the most important thing is just to be you.
Check your watch: you have a limited amount of time together. Remember you will spend 20 minutes with each reader/group of readers.
Have the ability to communicate with a diversity of different readers.
Remain calm and show understanding, while expressing your disagreement where necessary.
If questions become too intimate, feel free to say that you do not want to answer.Try to redirect the conversation towards more neutral topics.
During breaks feel free to discuss your experiences of being a book with other books.
Prepare yourself for your role of being a Book –
Be ready to share your reflected personal experience.
Be prepared to repeat yourself again and again, as different readers might pose the same question.
Try to treat your reader as if they are the first person you are giving this information to, even if it is the 3rd or 4th time today.
About Your Readers
The discussions between a Book and a reader are, in principle, confidential. If you quote other readers, do not mention their names.
You should adjust yourself to the fact that your reader may have borrowed you only because they were interested in your Book title in general.
This might give you the feeling that your life and personality are being simplified, but this is normal in the Human Library context.
Every reader is different, and the reasons for choosing specifically your Book can vary greatly.
A good question to keep the discussion going is, “Why did you choose me to check out?”This will give you an idea of the reader's interests.
In general, the readers of the Human Library are prepared to talk, listen and learn. Their questions are not always very straightforward, so it is important to help them clarify their thoughts and make their point clear.
Find out some basic information about the readers by asking questions if the conversation stalls –
Have they met someone like you before?
Have they had good or bad experiences with a person like you?
These questions might make it easier for you to decide what kind of information they might find interesting.
If you feel uneasy or disrespected by a reader, you have the right to end the discussion.
Your readers may be curious or looking for personal advice. Remember that you can share your own experiences of solving problems or tackling difficult situations, but be careful in giving advice.
Thank you for volunteering to share your experiences.
We are honored to have you in our “collection.
Event Information for Human Books
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Schedule for 2018
8:30-8:45AM – Arrival and short Orientation
9:00AM – Guest TheArthur Duncan (author of Felon Attorney)
10:00 – 10:25AM – Check out 1
10:30 – 10:55 AM – Check out 2
11:00 – 11:25 AM – Check out 3
11:30 – 11:55 PM – Checkout 4
12:00 – 12:25 PM – Check out 5
12:30 – 12:55 PM – Check out 6
**Immediately following last reading – Surveys
1pm – Lunch & Thank You’s!
Event Information for Human Books
Thursday, April 26, 2018
9:30 – 9:50 AM – Orientation & Reception
10:00 – 10:20 AM – Session 1
10:30 – 10:50 AM – Session 2
11:00 – 11:20 AM –Session 3
11:30 – 11:50 AM – Session 4
12:00 – 12:20 PM – Session 5
12:30 – 12:50 PM – Session 6
12:50 – 1ish PM – Survey & Closing
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