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Northwood seeks ‘human books’ to share stories of adversity

February 15, 2022

Human Library event to challenge prejudices, stereotypes

Alcoholism. Anorexia. Obesity. Mental illness. Journalist. Gambling addiction. Dyslexia. Physical ailment. Jew. Victim of rape. Incest. Transgender. Police officer. Muslim. Gay.

We all have a story, and Northwood University hopes you will share yours. The university is seeking ‘Human Books’ who will tell their stories to members of campus and the local community to promote tolerance; celebrate differences; and encourage understanding between people who come from varied lifestyles or cultural backgrounds.

It’s all part of the upcoming Human Library Event at the Strosacker Library & Learning Commons. The Human Library concept is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library, which is set to take place this year from 4 to 7 p.m. April 5, is a place where real people — like students, faculty, alumni and residents from the community at large — will be on loan to readers.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to engage in a meaningful program,” said Rochelle Zimmerman, Director of Library Services for Northwood University. “The format isn’t like a training seminar or lecture — these are real people with real stories that they share on a one-on-one basis with attendees.”

If you’re willing to share your story — and by doing so, help challenge prejudices and stereotypes — please visit the Human Library Book application form and sign up by April 1.

For more information, email Rochelle Zimmerman at .

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