Share Your Story in the Cambridge Human Library - Apply by March 15

Share Your Story in the Cambridge Human Library - Apply by March 15

CCTV has always been place for people, especially those who haven’t had a voice, to tell their stories.

“Throughout its 30-year history, CCTV has always been place for people, especially those who haven’t had a voice or have been marginalized, to tell their stories.” Says Frank Morris Lopez, NeighborMedia Coordinator. “The Human Library offers another way for people to connect and hear each other’s stories one-on-one in order to better understand others in our community.”

CCTV is partnering with the Cambridge Public Library to offer a Human Library on May 5 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Library at 449 Broadway.

Would you like to apply to be a Human Book?
You might be interested in applying to be a Human Book if:
• you have been subject to prejudice, discrimination or stigma based on who you are, where you came from, or how you self-identify, AND
• you are able to talk about your experience in a respectful conversation with others who are curious

How to Apply
Apply online by March 15. Applications will be screened in late March.

How to Check Out the Human Books
At the May 5 event, readers will be able to check out a Human Book for up to 30 minutes in order to learn more about the experiences of those unlike themselves. More information about participating as a “reader” will be available in April.

Why Offer a Human Library in Cambridge?
CCTV and the Cambridge Public Library currently offer classes collaboratively. “I first found out about the Human Library concept a few years ago when I read a story online. I thought it was a really exciting idea and wanted to bring it to Cambridge. CCTV applied to run a Human Library here and we were approved. We thought it would be a great event for CCTV’s 30th anniversary, and to further our partnership with the CPL,” says Susan Fleischmann, Executive Director of CCTV.

There will also be opportunities for Human Books to continue their storytelling after the event through CCTV productions.

What is the History of the International Human Library™ Movement?
The Human Library™ started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000, and has spread around the world – including 30 new Human Libraries across the U.S in 2018 - since that time, with the tagline “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

According to the website, “The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.”

Meet some Human Books in the international online Human Library, including:
• Refugee
• Soldier (PTSD)
• Muslim
• Unemployed
• Bipolar
• Homeless
• Body Mod Extreme
• Transgender
And many more…