Inspired by the Human Library Project, Real Life Library is a unique storytelling and listening event designed to provide the opportunity for community members to listen to and learn from other people’s stories.
Volunteers will act as live “books” that attendees can “read,” taking in each person’s 20-minute real, personal stories.
Each of the “books” will be recorded and used to build a digital repository of stories and experiences that can be shared, taught, and passed on from generation to generation. Every Real Life Library event ultimately creates a digital volume of books, or human perspectives that can help educate others on social issues and humanize history.
Both events are free and open to the public, kids under 12 with adult supervision.
Real Life Library: Justice for All?
Saturday, September 22 | 11:30am-4:30pm
Goodman South Madison Library
For this special event, members of the public will share their personal experiences with the criminal justice system. Volunteers acting as “books” will tell their stories centered around the theme of criminal justice with themes related to the school to prison pipeline, restorative justice, incarceration, re-entry, and how the justice system impacts friends and family. Refreshments will be served.
Real Life Library: Veterans Edition
Sunday, November 11, 11:00am-5:00pm
This Veterans Day, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is collaborating on a special edition of the Real Life Library, featuring veterans from across the state who served in various conflicts, branches, and roles. The first-hand look into the experiences of veterans will help participants understand what it means to serve in the military.
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Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.