Covering the Land of Lincoln

Rockford’s Human Library shares real experiences

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – A local church welcomed guest readers, and while the books weren’t paperback, people told their individual stories instead.

The Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St, welcomed all walks of life to its ward on Sunday. From international students to immigrants to Vietnam veterans, stories were told to provide insight into other people’s lives.

The “books” were people who volunteered to share part of their story. Readers sat in smaller groups, listened and asked questions.

“We hope that this kind of conversation and interaction can break down the prejudices or stereotypes we all have about different groups,” said Shiraz Tata of the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Individuals interested in becoming a “book” and sharing their story should contact the Human Library.

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