Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Come visit The Human Library™, Fayetteville Public Library style. This is a program designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge prejudices through dialogue. A program where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and answered.

Check Out the Human Library

Want to check out one of our books?  Come see us Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Sign up for as many books as time allows
  • Have a 10 minute session with your book, at the library, to talk about their subject
  • Ask questions and get answers

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The Unspoken Truths

The Unspoken Truths is a Rogers High School student and an Arkansas Arts Academy teacher duo who met each other in the art classroom almost two years ago. After the student changed schools, the teacher and student began visiting weekly to talk, think, and feel about the things most on the student’s mind: the unspoken truths of life. It has been a journey of vulnerability, authenticity, and growth through the transformative twin-powers of storytelling and witness. The student said it best: “I don’t know how to change it up here [pointing to her head] if I can’t talk about it out here [in the open].”

Continuous Re-inventor

The Continuous Re-Inventor has one overriding principle: turn the banal into the extraordinary. His development of a life program of self-imposed milestones has allowed him to find success in academics, physical fitness, military service, technology and marriage. He's been many places, seen many things, and, mostly, extricated himself unscathed.

From the Land of Tango

From the Land of Tango was born, and lived most of his life, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has moved to the US twice, and he has lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas, since 2015. In the early 2000s, he lived in Columbus, Ohio while he studied. Now, From the Land of Tango teaches at Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. His main work-related interests are innovation technology and business. He practices sports enthusiastically including bicycling, running and fitness. Cooking, experimentation, asking questions, learning, singing (strictly when he is alone) and laughter are his favorite things to do.

Overcomer

Overcomer is a mother of two and a wife. She works at Mercy Hospital and Northwest Technical Institute as a surgical technologist. She has a heart for others and spends time volunteering for numerous nonprofits and organizations in Northwest Arkansas. Though her life has always been interesting, she is never discouraged. Her family motto is "Every cloud has a silver lining." She believes that if, by sharing her story, she can give hope and encouragement to just one person, then she will have accomplished her goal.

GWM: 60 on the Outside, 18 on the Inside

A native Arkansan from Newport, Arkansas, GWM: 60 on the Outside, 18 on the Inside holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Mississippi and a MA in Communications from the University of Arkansas.  He worked as a professional actor for 20+ years in Nashville, Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee, Chicago, Illinois and Edinburgh, Scotland where he played the 1988 Festival Fringe. Back in Fayetteville since 1992, he has worked on the opening teams of the Walton Arts Center and Crystal Bridges of American Art.  He was the Business Manager for the University Theatre for 11 years and spearheaded the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Fine Arts Building. He currently teaches Film Arts at Northwest Arkansas Community College and welcomes all to Fayetteville for Experience Fayetteville. Tomatoes, movies, theatre, food and anything that makes him laugh are at the top of his list.

Living Off the Grid

Living off the Grid is a writer, artist, and master naturalist living off-grid in a tiny house on wheels with her husband and black cat named Solo. She graduated with a BA in English from Truman State University in 2007, and writes the “Making Ripples” column in the Free Weekly paper.  Her favorite hobby is watching wildlife and enjoying nature.

Laid-Off

Laid-Off is a Master of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Master of Business Administration, Researcher, and Storyteller.  For the last 16 years, she has been studying humans in a scientific, cultural, and business capacity at the University of Arkansas. She began human research with primates and also human languages. She moved into Cultural Geography analyses with emphasis still in languages and ways that humans have told "stories" for millennia. Adding a business perspective to the storytelling, she sees details joined into a big picture, then break them into process and steps for actionable consumer and client strategy.

Tropical Ozarks

Tropical Ozarks is a realtor in Northwest Arkansas and former instructor at the University of Arkansas.  Prior to coming to Fayetteville, she lived and worked in Washington DC, Newcastle, United Kingdom, and State College, Pennsylvania.  She grew up in Miami, Florida, and is the daughter of Cuban parents who came to the US in the 60s.  Tropical Ozarks enjoys gardening, crafting, and entertaining.  She has a wonderful husband, who is a professor in Astrophysics at the University of Arkansas, an adorable son, who loves to read and play make-believe, and a…relaxed….cocker spaniel, who likes to sleep on the AC vents around the house.  She lives in a little house in Fayetteville’s Washington-Willow neighborhood. 

Recovering Courage

Recovering Courage is the CEO of “Courage! Communication 4 Change, LLC” and an adjunct faculty member at John Brown University.  Recovering Courage is an event speaker, an educator and a consultant for organizations who seek to create change and to empower people to be effective in organizations, communities, and personal lives.  Recovering Courage holds a Master’s degree in communication and a Doctorate in Higher Education.  She uses her academic expertise and life experiences overcoming obstacles to “Ignite courage for change, build value, and empower” people.

Divorced: Not the Final Chapter

A Fayetteville native, Divorced: Not the Final Chapter has lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas all her life except for a brief hiatus in New Orleans and Charlotte.  She has a BA in History and a BA in Political Science from Tulane University and an MLIS from Florida State University.  She has been working in libraries since 1998 and has been with the Fayetteville Public Library since 2007 where she is the Circulation Manager.  Her love of travel, wine tasting, fashion, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her son provide a number of topics about which she enjoys discussion.

Underrepresented Millennial

Underrepresented Millennial is originally from the small town of Helena, Arkansas. Growing up, he didn't have the glamorous lifestyles that one would hope for. Being raised in a harsh environment motivated him to escape what surrounded him and discover the true potentials of life. Seeing his late mother consistently working and sacrificing, yet still barely making it, inspired him to venture off onto his journey as a young entrepreneur immediately upon graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in December of 2016. His mother passed weeks before he would graduate from college, she was his number one source of support and inspiration.

Sometimes It’s Okay to be a Pretty Couch Potato

Sometimes It’s Okay to be a Pretty Couch Potato is a chronic illness blogger and advocate who has lived on daily IV nutrition for over a decade due to Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction.  While she is considered disabled, she lives a fulfilling life.  She loves to share her story with others while building community among those with similar chronic illnesses and works to educate and encourage empathy from those who may not be familiar with what it’s like to live with chronic illness.  “Sometimes It’s Okay to be a Pretty Couch Potato” is a motto that she lives by and hopes to share its meaning with you!

Transman: The Man I Am

Being transgender has had an impact on Transman: The Man I Am’s life, but like everyone, gender identity is only a part of who Transman is.  Transman traveled to Arkansas 17 years ago from Rhode Island with his son.  Ten years ago, with the support of his wife and kids, he began living life as male. Now, he rarely mentions being transsexual unless discussing transgender issues or if someone is romantically interested.  He identifies with the label of transman because he is male and the experience of being transgender has shaped the man he is.

Social Justice Shutterbug

Social Justice Shutterbug is a social work therapist currently working at a residential treatment facility for adolescent sexual abusers. She has been a social justice activist and mentor to at-risk youth for over thirty years. As a published photographer, she uses their creative talents to educate others about privilege, oppression, and fragility.

The 21st Century Police Woman

The 21st Century Police Woman is thirty-four years old, never married and no kids.  At twenty-two, she began working for the Boone County Sherriff’s Office and, after two years, moved to Fayetteville and worked as an officer for the University of Arkansas Police Department. She quickly realized her final home was with the Fayetteville Police Department and has been with FPD for over nine years.  She currently serves as a Corporal in the Community Policing Divisions after serving eight years on patrol.

Justified: A Life in the Courtroom

Justified: A Life in the Courtroom graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and the University of Arkansas School of Law.  He has been an adjunct professor at U of A law school for over 20 years.  He began as a deputy public defender for Washington and Madison Counties in 1990 and moved to the prosecutor’s office in 1993.  He served as the elected Prosecutor for eight years before beginning his first term as a Circuit Judge.

The Uniforms I’ve Worn

The Uniforms I’ve Worn was born in Springfield, Missouri in 1979 and attended public schools there participating in lots of school activities from football to choir.  He joined the Army National Guard at 17 as an MP, and after the events of 9/11, he was activated to active duty Army.  The Uniforms I’ve Worn has been deployed three times and has been to Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Afghanistan, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Germany, Italy, Louisiana (Hurricane Katrina Duty), and Missouri (riots in Ferguson, Missouri) for military duty.  He became a Fayetteville police officer in 2004 and currently fights crime like Batman.   

Anything is Possible

As Mayor of the City of Fayetteville, now in his third term, Anything is Possible brings passion as a public servant to our city day after day, improving the quality of life and sense of place in our town and making lives better for all of the people in our community.  Anything is Possible is famously known for his open door, open mind and open heart, and he applies his core principals of equality, diversity, and inclusion through his every action.  He is also known for his love for this city and frequently talks about what makes this community unique and great. To quote  Anything is Possible: “It’s not about what we market in this city, it’s about what we believe.” 

   
   
   

 

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