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About the Series

The Human Library Series at the Charleston County Public Library started in September, 2018, with four planned discussions with members of groups who have experienced prejudice and stigma: a refugee, transgender people, members of law enforcement, and members of the Gullah Geechee community. Since the launch, members of the CCPL staff have worked behind the scenes to extend the series into 2019 and at other branches. Six more Human Library sessions are planned for the first half of the year at Main Library. 

Interested members of the community are invited to gather in a safe space and converse with individuals who have been exposed to prejudice or stigma. Join us to combat intolerance by engaging in open, honest and respectful dialogue. 

 

In the News: 

WCBD - Human Library series to kick off this September

Charleston City Paper - Charleston library's Human Library series begins Saturday with refugee discussion

Lowcountry Live - The Human Library Series

CCPL - CCPL launches Human Library Series at John's Island Regional

Charleston Chronicle - Charleston County Public Library’s Human Library Series: Meet Law Enforcement Officers

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Get to Know An Immigrant

Cinelle Barnes is a local Filipino author and educator who came to the United States as an unaccompanied minor and teenage adoptee. She aged out of naturalization benefits during the finalization of her adoption.  Barnes lived as an undocumented from 2004 through 2010, and became an American citizen in 2017. She has since advocated for other immigrants and writing two books on trauma, memory, and life in the diaspora: "Monsoon Mansion" and the forthcoming essay collection, "Malaya." Barnes will read from "Monsoon Mansion" at the event, and copies will be available for sale.

When: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.
Where: John's Island Regional Library 

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Get to Know a Formerly Incarcerated Person

Join us to hear from a graduate of the Turning Leaf Project, a nonprofit organization that helps local men at high risk of incarceration prevent reoffending, using intense life skills training, job placement, and more. We'll hear candid stories of what life is like in prison, the difficulties of re-entering society and the positive impact Turning Leaf has on its students.

When: Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.
Where: John's Island Regional Library 

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Coming Up In 2019  
Human Library Series: Get to Know an Immigrant  
Saturday, January 19 at 3 p.m. 
John's Island Regional Library
Human Library Series: Get to Know a Formerly Incarcerated Person
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.
John's Island Regional Library
Human Library Series: Get to Know a Veteran
Saturday, February 16 at 3 p.m.
Main Library
Human Library Series: Get to Know Gullah Geechee Culture and Traditions
Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m.
Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library
Human Library Series: Get to Know the News Media
Saturday, March 23 at 3 p.m.
Main Library
Human Library Series: Get to Know a Holocaust Survivor
Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m.
Main Library
Human Library Series: Get to Know the Transgender Community
Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m.
Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library
Human Library Series: Get to Know a Defense Attorney
May 18 at 3 p.m.
Main Library
Human Library Series: Get to Know an Immigrant
Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m.
Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library
 
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Human Library Series: "Check Out" the Gullah Geechee Community
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Human Library Series: "Check Out" the Transgender Community
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Human Library Series: "Check Out" the Law Enforcement Community
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Human Library Series: "Check Out" a Refugee
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