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Human Library

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Our Human Library

The Human Library of Southeastern Minnesota educates people using human experience,
cultivating empathy in such a manner that differences, barriers, and prejudice fall away; we expose and nurture the spirit of humankind by building common understanding and connections.

What is a Human Book?

A Human Book is a perfectly flawed person sharing how their life experience has been affected by bias, prejudice, and discrimination.


A Human Book is not a storyteller. A Human Book does not “represent” a group. A Human Book is a conversation starter – bringing human stories to life.

The "books" on our shelves have volunteered to share their stories in order to build understanding in our community. They will give you the opportunity to ask questions you always wanted to ask, but were afraid of getting too personal.

What is a Human Library?

The Human Library, developed by the World Culture Center in Denmark, allows people to check out human "books" for a unique learning experience.
Personal stories are one of the most effective ways of learning, and research has demonstrated that personal contact is also one of the most effective ways of breaking down stereotypes and prejudices.​

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