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Read or Be Read

The Ross Pendergraft Library is now accepting volunteers to be a book for the 2016 Human Library on November 1st & 2nd.  Volunteers will be a living, breathing ‘book’, telling their personal stories about facing prejudice, discrimination, disability, and other hardships beyond their control to interested readers in a one-on-one setting.  The Human Library is an international movement that allows readers to ‘check-out’ a human book for a 30 minute conversation.  The readers listen to the personal stories and have time to ask questions.

The program is designed to promote understanding and compassion within a diverse community and to help break down barriers to communication.  As a book, you will have an opportunity to tell someone about the ways in which you have been stereotyped or misunderstood based on your race, sexual orientation, religion, profession, country of origin, gender, veteran status, or more.  Some of the books we have signed up so far include Environmental Activist, Homeschool Mom, and Drug Addict.

The goal is to have meaningful conversations about difficult subjects in a safe, one-on-one setting.  If you are interested in signing up to be a book, use our volunteer form:

For more questions about the program, contact Sherry Tinerella at or call 479-964-0571.    More information, including program details and instructions for coordinating classroom visits, will be available as the event date draws near.