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The Human Library

When
Wed, May 17, 2017 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where
W. Dale Clark Library
215 S 15 St,
Omaha, Nebraska 68102

Social contact is known to be among the best ways to challenge prejudice. Join us in an innovative approach to building understanding.

The Human Library is an event designed to bring together people of diverse, or even divergent, backgrounds, in order for them to have real conversations with real people, to share stories, ask questions and to challenge stereotypes and biases through open, honest, and direct dialogue.

The basic idea is instead of checking out a book on a particular subject they may be interested in or curious about, ‘readers’ can check out a “human book” for 30 minutes to ask questions and learn about the books’ personal experiences.

These are the ‘book’ stories we’re planning to cover:
· A representative of the LGBTQIA+ community
· A law enforcement officer
· A farmer
· A sexual abuse survivor
· A local or regional politician
· A mental health professional or patient
· An activist
· A chef
· A graffiti artist
· A practicing or cultural Muslim
· A refugee/immigrant
· A homelessness individual
· An unemployment ed individual
· An atheist
· A political and/or social conservative
· A political and/or social liberal
· A scientist
· A musician

On May 17, come to the W. Dale Clark Library for a conversation with a police officer, a farmer or a musician, meet a survivor of sex trafficking, or ask a transgender person about their journey. This event is open to the public and free to attend. Human Library attendees can also park for free (bring your ticket into the library for validation) at Omaha Park One on 15th and Douglas streets.

We couldn’t do this without the support of our Human Library sponsors: the Omaha Public Library (omahalibrary.org) and the 1877 Society (www.omahalibraryfoundation.org/1877-society/).
Thank you!

HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT
Let us know you are interested by registering online.

After you reserve tickets, you’ll receive an email invite to sign up for a time slot with the book(s) of your choice.

On May 17, head to the downtown branch of the Omaha Public Library 10 minutes prior to your scheduled checkout time and we will get you signed in and escort you to your book.

You will have a one-on-one conversation with that book. Conversations will last 30 minutes.

Please share your experience with us and your family and friends.

We are excited to have you join us at the Human Library, real people with captivating stories.

We couldn’t do this without the support of our Human Library sponsors: the Omaha Public Library (omahalibrary.org) and the 1877 Society (www.omahalibraryfoundation.org/1877-society/ ).

Thank you!


What to expect

  1. Let us know you are interested by registering online.

  2. Then check back and we will add another link, that will allow you to browse the list of titles available and choose the book or books you are most interested in and the time you would like to have your conversation. That will make it official and get you on the calendar. But, if you can’t go online, you are welcome to come by the registration table anytime during the event and check out a book who is free at that moment.

  3. On May 17, head to the downtown branch of the Omaha Public Library 10 minutes prior to your scheduled checkout time and we will get you signed in and escort you to your book.

  4. You will have a one-on-one conversation with that book. Conversations will last 30 minutes.

  5. Please share your experience with us and your family and friends.


We are excited to have you join us at the Human Library, real people with captivating stories.

Attendees
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