The Syracuse University Libraries are excited to host a Living Library event on Tuesday, April 2 from noon to 5 p.m. in Bird Library. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to “living books”—volunteers from the Syracuse University community who represent a variety of cultural backgrounds and life experiences. Living books will engage in conversation with participants in one-on-one or small group settings for 20 minutes at a time.
The event is open to the campus and community. No preregistration is required; however, there will be an opportunity to reserve a book for a specific time in advance, if desired.
Based on our previous popular Human Library events, the Living Library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment. Previous topics have included Native American, Chinese, Indian, Nigerian, and Middle Eastern cultures; disability, queer, and biracial identities; military life; mental health issues; immigrant experiences; and experiencing homelessness. Volunteers and participants of past events have described conversations as rewarding, fun, important, and insightful.
Event organizers are currently seeking Syracuse University faculty, staff, and students, and other community members to serve as living books. The deadline to complete an application form is Friday, March 1.
This event is one of several Living Library events offered throughout the region, with support from the Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC).