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Professional Development – The Human Library Readers’ Corner

5 December @ 14:00 - 16:00 GMT

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‘The Human Library publishes people as open books to challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.’ – Ronni Abergel, founder (Denmark, 2000)

Book your place at the Human Library Readers’ Corner where you can talk to a human ‘book’ and have an open and curious dialogue about often uncomfortable topics.

Human Library books are drawn from the groups in society that are stigmatised or stereotyped, marginalised, mistreated or misunderstood, from race to religion or refugees, disability to discrimination, LGBT to mental health and more.

Join us to have a chat with a ‘book’ (all questions are welcome without judgement).

This is the last part of a series of four Human Library events taking place in 2023.

**Please note: Due to the nature of this event, there is a maximum capacity of 50 people. So please do register in advance.**



  • Open the Zoom room to readers, say hello and settle (2-5 min)
  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Anna Ganley – SoA, Chief Operating Officer (5 mins)
  • Human Library welcome and introduction (10 min)
  • Introduction to the practicalities and mechanics of the session (5 min)
  • Distribute readers and then ‘books’ into the breakout rooms (5 min)
  • First reading (30 min)
  • Redistribution of books to new breakout rooms (5 min)
  • Second reading (30 minutes)
  • Closing remarks and Reader Review (20 min)


Who is this session for?

  • Anyone who would like to have positive conversations with real people to help challenge stereotypes and prejudices.
  • Anyone who would like to ask curious and difficult questions in a safe online space.
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about people with different lived experiences.


What will this session cover?

This Human Library event is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. This event will enable you to meet real people in a safe space and ask curious and difficult questions. The Human Library is a Danish concept, founded in 2000 and now available in more than 80 countries in person and online.


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About The Human Library

The Human Library Organisation is a registered international not-for-profit with their administrative headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. They are dedicated to ensuring a global implementation of the Human Library as a learning platform. They currently operate in six continents and host or are involved in activities in more than 80 countries. They work with some of the largest brands in the world, helping them with their diversity and inclusion efforts.


Need to know


  • Participants will have the option to turn on the live transcript option in the main room on Zoom, not including the break-out rooms.
  • If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please email [email protected]

Before the event

  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
  • If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk/spam email folder
  • Please add [email protected] to your Safe Senders list so you receive our confirmation, and reminder emails

During the event

  • This event will take place on Zoom Meetings
  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
  • Attendees will be muted initially, however, this is an interactive event. You will be in small break-out rooms and so we ask that you have your video and sound on.
  • This event will not be recoded as we are operating a safe space. We want all participants to feel comfortable.

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome



Book your place by using the registration below.

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5 December
14:00 - 16:00 GMT
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Anna Ganley