Human Library Event

Media Release

The SDG Library’s ‘Human Library’ Event
May 12, 2021

“Unjudge someone” is the tagline of the Human Library Organization and this is exactly what SDG Library is endeavoring to do by offering their own virtual ‘Human Library’ event on Wednesday, May 19.

A ‘Human Library’ is exactly that, a library of people! It is an event where the reader can borrow human beings, have open and honest conversations, by which to learn acceptance from hearing about the experiences of others. The human books represent individuals that can be subjected to prejudice, stigmatization, or discrimination.

The SDG Library has organized the ‘Human Library’ event with seven human books to share their stories in 20-minute sessions. These human books will include stories and experiences connected to gender identity, religious views, living with special needs, dealing with PTSD, being a minority, and more. Meet the human books by visiting

“The ‘Human Library’ helps us to understand obstacles and struggles that others face” said Sylvie Juteau, Library Service Assistant with SDG Library and one of the organizers of the local event. “It teaches us to recognize that we are all imperfect, we all make mistakes, and we can all learn from better understanding those around us.”

Readers must register to borrow a book and then will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one during a scheduled time. All the books are volunteers with personal experience with their topic. Difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and answered.

The SDG Library’s ‘Human Library’ event is happening Wednesday, May 19 at 2:00pm and 6:30pm. The event is completely online. The full event schedule and video snapshots of the human books are available at To borrow a human book or for more information, please email or call (613) 930-3493.