The Human Library

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Adult Program
Please mark your calendars for our Human Library event on Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 12 pm. Volunteers from the community are giving their time to be human “books” by sharing their personal stories. The “books” will be available for a 30-minute check out with your library card. Our hope is that open and honest conversation will allow for those involved to have a deeper understanding of others within our shared community.
Call the Orange Branch Library at 740-549-2665 to reserve your time in advance, or just stop in on April 21st. 
Press about our Human Library Event: ThisWeek News April 4, 2018

Human Library Book Descriptions:

Sara - Amputee
I've been a below-the-knee amputee since late 2015. I think that many people have misconceptions about being an amputee. The leading cause of amputation in the US is due to vascular disease, not combat-related injury or trauma, and there are over 185,000 amputations in the US each year. April is Limb Loss Awareness Month, so come find out more!

Bob - Changing Careers
Changing careers in midlife is a challenge and an opportunity. Being well-informed in many areas is critical for your success. If possible, arrange a sabbatical from your present career to help you decide. Explore your talents, write down your thoughts, and do your research!

Syed - American Muslim
Nearly 3.3 million Muslims in the United States are often stereotyped as an extremist minority. The fact is that the overwhelming yet silent majority of Muslims share similar beliefs and ethics in their daily lives, as the two other monotheistic religions. I enjoy sharing my life as a Muslim in America with others who want to learn more.

Adithe - To Call My Own
To some extent, every family has a belief system to call their own - some unspoken standard of principles that govern their world views. But what happens when a family's ethical foundation restricts someone's capacity to live as their most genuine self? This was a question I constantly faced growing up. Over the years, my story developed into a journey filled with difficult choices and heartbreaking consequences. But in the end, it gave me the courage to choose self-acceptance over deep-rooted views limiting my right to live honestly and love freely. While not always easy to hear or tell, today I finally have a story I can proudly call my own.

Shawn - Birth to Death, and Some Things In-Between. Stories from the Back of the Medic.
A medic with 20 plus years’ experience tells some of his most exciting, tearful, and happy moments on the job. From bringing newborns into the world to the final seconds of a long fulfilling life. Stories of the fun we have as crews and the times we need each other to work through tragedy. These stories are real life in its greatest and most tragic times.

Holly - Living the Shame of Domestic Abuse in a White Collar World
What it’s like to live with the humiliation of what’s seen as “blue collar culture” in a white collar world. We hide to preserve our credibility within a judgmental sphere of influence and social status.

Samantha - Infertility, So When Are You Going to Have Kids?
One couple's journey through more than four years of infertility including pregnancy loss, navigating many doctors’ appointments, dealing with, emotions, finances, and relationships.

Becky - The Struggle is Real: Let's Talk Mental Health
One in five adults in America experiences mental illness in a given year, yet 60% of adults with a mental health condition didn't receive mental health services in 2014. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24, but discussion of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues remains largely taboo. From juggling depression and coping with the suicide of my best friend in high school to managing an anxiety disorder as a (more or less) functioning adult, I'm thrilled to tell my story, answer questions, and bust some of the stigma surrounding mental health!