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Check out 'human books' Saturday at Portola Valley Library


Portola Valley Library is hosting a "Human Library" on Saturday, Feb. 8, where the "books" are actually volunteers who share their stories and experiences with "readers."

The Human Library is a worldwide movement for positive social change that started in Denmark 20 years ago.

On Saturday, library patrons will be able to check out a "human book" for an open-ended conversation lasting up to 20 minutes.

"The goal of the Human Library is to challenge the misunderstandings that divide us from one another. We use intentional one-on-one conversations to deepen understanding, challenge bias, and strengthen our human connections," according to a post on the library's website.

The volunteers give themselves their "titles." Some of the titles will include "Surviving a Liver Transplant," "Poet Laureate," "Transgender," "Responding to the Crisis on the Border," and "Addiction Survivor."

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library, 765 Portola Road.

Reservations can be made here.


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