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March 07, 2018
March is Reading Month, and it will kick off with unusual flair at the Ruth Hughes Memorial Library this Saturday, March 10.

Ruth Hughes is welcoming the Human Library Project into its fold from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

What is the Human Library Project? In a nutshell, it's an opportunity to talk one-on-one with someone who has a story to tell. It's the community sharing with itself. It helps connect people to each other by fostering understanding and empathy. It also helps dispel myths and challenge stereotypes through dialogue. It's a 'place where real people are on loan to readers.'

The Project involves individuals from the community with a variety of experiences and/or stories to share about their everyday lives. They are 'books' available for 'check out' by 'readers.' Readers sit down with the participant individually, and ask questions and engage in dialogue for a maximum of 20 minutes. Queries should be respectful, but do not have to be highly intellectual or complicated.

This Saturday's event at the Ruth Hughes Library features human books with titles including 'nun,' 'magician,' 'immigrant,' 'spy,' and more.

This is a fascinating, simple way to learn about the life experiences of others, to foster understanding, and to gain new knowledge while interacting with members of our own community.

We applaud the Ruth Hughes Library for bringing this forward-thinking project to Imlay City, and urge residents of all ages to support their efforts. The Human Library Project is an outstanding way for the community to connect, and where real people share their real life stories.

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