The Human Library: Learning To Not Judge a Book By Its Cover

We all have prejudices. Would you be open to facing yours?

That homeless guy. The woman with the scarf on her head. That scary dude with all those tattoos.

What would do if you had the chance to talk to them, and see the world as they see it.

Would you do it?

I follow George Takei on Facebook, and noticed his post yesterday from ATTN: on something called The Human Library. It’s a project where you “sign out” human volunteers called “books”, and learn about their experiences. The idea is to open dialogue, eliminate prejudice, and challenge stereotypes, giving both you and the volunteer a way to connect and understand each other.

The Human Library Organization  is an international organization that helps libraries set up these areas. I’m part of the Ontario Library Association (OLA), which offers a toolkit if a library is interested in the project.

George shared his Facebook post on April 4th, but I haven’t been able to link it, so here is ATTN:’s Twitter link to the video.

I think that this is a beautiful idea, and it reminded me of a Amanda Marshall song that came out a few years ago.

In the age of social media rants, it’s easy to criticize someone with a few sentences, or look down on someone because they are “different”. This project gives two people a chance to do the most basic and essential human need…

…the chance to talk to someone.

…and we can NEVER have too much of that.

Take care of yourselves and have an awesome weekend.

Text © Written In Geek/Tina McFarlane (2018) All rights reserved
Pictures © Written In Geek/Tina McFarlane, used with subject’s permission or under public domain (2018). Feature image courtesy of Pixabay.

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4 thoughts on “The Human Library: Learning To Not Judge a Book By Its Cover

  1. Amazing article! Very thought provoking! You know, I just had this discussion with my kids the other day about not judging people by how they look. We had a tornado come through our city last week (Greensboro NC), and we were helping some of the downtrodden and less fortunate victims of the storm in the “hood” of East Greensboro NC. It was eye opening for my kids, but I think they learned not to judge people if they look different or fell on hard times. Thank you @writteningeek for your insights! 🙂

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    • I’m sorry to hear about the tornado. You’re awesome for not only helping, but giving your kids the chance to learn such an important lesson. I’m glad that you liked the post. 😊


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