Baltimore County Public Library is adding to their ever expanding collection of media that patrons can borrow. For one afternoon only, library visitors will be able to “check out” people.

On April 21, BCPL’s Owings Mills Branch will host the system’s first-ever Human Library™, where people of different ethnicities, beliefs and experiences serve as “human books” for checkout. 

The goal? To give individuals an opportunity in a neutral environment to ask questions. Especially the tough ones. According to a press release, Human Library is designed place where real people are on loan to readers and where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. It’s designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The public will be invited to “check out” a living book and learn about a variety of experiences through questions and conversations.

BCPL is looking for 12-15 participants (18+) to serve as “human books” and engage in meaningful conversation with library visitors on Saturday, April 21 from 1-4 p.m. Each “checkout”/conversation will last approximately 15 minutes.

It’s important to note that the Human Library™ is designed to be a welcome, inclusive and non-partisan space. There is no political agenda and all responses are strictly confidential. Those who are interested in being one of our “human books,” are encouraged to apply at the following link before March 5