Stan Schapiro: ‘Living Books’ event coming to Forbes

  • Forbes Library in Northampton. Staff Photo/Andy Castillo

Published: 8/21/2019 8:30:26 PM
Modified: 8/21/2019 8:30:16 PM

Forbes Library and Northampton Connects are excited to co-sponsor Living Books on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the library.

This event provides an opportunity to meet one-on-one in a safe setting to talk with new people who have experiences we may never have personally encountered and where our questions and curiosity about others is encouraged.

The format of the conversation is designed for members of our community to share experiences that have shaped their lives and identities and to support an exchange among participants that will build an understanding of a wide range of perspectives.

Similar programs have successfully been held around the world under a variety of names such as the Human Library and Living Books. The “Living Books” are people who sign and agree to share their stories in conversation with people who attend the event (the “readers”).

Currently, we are looking for people who are interested in volunteering to share their unique journey with others. If you interested in applying to be a “Living Book,” seeing examples of other “Living Books” or learning more about signing up to be a “book,” you can go to, or ask about the program at Forbes Library.

Some questions to think about if you are applying to be a “Living Book”: Did something happen that changed your life? Is there someone who made all the difference for you? What do you wish everyone knew about you?

We all have an important story to tell, and sharing them will enrich our community.

Stan Schapiro



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