Human Library - Don't Judge a Book by its Cover!

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)

Event Details

The Chelmsford Library is hosting its first Human Library! Come have a conversation with our Human Books, volunteers from our community and beyond, who will be available to share stories about their life experiences. It is not necessary to stay for the whole three hours, just register and tell us which books you would liek to speak with. Register to have a chance to ask questions of, and have a conversation with:
  • A veteran with PTSD: Mass Casualties/Civilianized: Army Specialist Michael enlisted at 17 with high hopes and a long family tradition of service. But he returned from Iraq four years later with PTSD and memories that have made him question his ideals and his faith in the military. Read the full story...
  • A Woman with Bipolar Disorder: Silently Surfing the Waves of Bipolar Disorder: How does one accept that, in some respects, there is no getting better? Or, if there is a "better," there is also always a "worse" waiting for you? This is the challenge this young woman faces in her struggle with Bipolar disorder. Read the full story...
  • A Wrongfully-Convicted Man: The Truth has Set Him Free: Imagine being convicted of a crime you didn't do, only to be fully exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 19 years in prison? How do you make it through? What happens to your family and friends on the outside? Who is fighting for you? Learn more about this man’s journey Read the full story...
  • A Transgender Man: A Truth Enslaved No More: This person hopes that his story of awakening, and coming to terms with his identity will inspire a belief that you are who you are, that no one and nothing can define you, and that the basis of life is freedom and the purpose of life is joy. Read the full story...
  • A Drag Queen: Hostess with the Mostess/ We are the Champions: After facing controversy over his attempt to participate in a library program to raise awareness and act as a role model, this drag performer, happily-married father, and successful small business owner, feels he is the strongest he’s ever been. Read more. Read the full story...
  • An entrepreneur and craft brewer: Getting Crafty in North Chelmsford: After a career in the hospitality industry in hotels and restaurants in multiple states, and enjoying the camaraderie and culture of bar patrons, this Book had an opportunity to open a liquor store. Working with a partner investor, he was able to get the business off the ground and turn it into a successful business. Besides gaining tremendous entrepreneurial experience, he also expresses his creative side by creating his own craft beers. Read the full story...
  • A gun owner After being introduced to hunting at a young age, this Air Force veteran serves as auxiliary military police while in the service. This experience requires qualifying and training on various firearms. After leaving the service, this Human Book raised a family in Chelmsford, and then after the kids were out of the house, got back into shooting – not for hunting, but for the enjoyment and challenge of competitive target shooting. Read the full story...
  • A Muslim Read the full story...
Do you have an interesting or unique story to share? Sign up to be a "human book"!

The goal of the Human Library is to challenge discrimination and prejudice by allowing our community to learn about the life experiences of those around them, encouraging a culture of diversity. Learn more about the Human Library organization, here.


Event Type(s): REACT Grant, Registration Required
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