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Real Life Library

Real Life Library

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: Veterans Edition
Sunday, November 11, 11:00am-5:00pm
Central Library

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. 


Real Life Library Volume 2: "Back From The Verge", by Verge Manyen

Real Life Library Volume 1: "A Farewell Party for My Boobs", by Julie Whitaker

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.

October 29, 2018