Human Library: Catalog of Books, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Welles Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library


You can take any of the Human Books listed below for 30 minutes. No reservation necessary. First come and first serve policy. The Human Library circulation desk will be open at 12:45 PM. First 10 participants will get a Human Library T-shirt.

Please contact Mari Tsuchiya at or (585)275-5506, if you have any questions.


Book 1

Vegan Activist

(Available 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

This book helps run the Student Association of Vegan and Vegetarian Youth. In addition to activism and outreach, she works with Dining Services to monitor and improve the quality of vegetarian and vegan options on campus.


Book 2

Dealing With Difference Through Music

(Available 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Do you want to learn about music’s power to reach inward and outward, to call up important events, core ideas, and powerful emotions, causing us at times to burst into tears, to become angry, or fill up with joy—for “no apparent reason”? People everywhere have such music, one that defines them, often in special and different ways. Reading this book will help you better understand music’s power to express and celebrate difference.


Book 3

Still Standing: A Life Found In The Letting Go

(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book recounts an almost two decade-long struggle with undiagnosed Lyme Disease. It speaks to the horrible unraveling of both the body and the mind caused by untreated infection, as well as reflecting upon the strength of the human spirit to overcome even the most daunting of obstacles. Faced with the bleak reality of being unable to support her own weight on her legs, unable to eat or swallow, and told to go home and die, the protagonist decided to tap into the wellspring of internal faith in the self that resides in each of us. Refusing to give up, she managed to earn a BA, an MA, and a MSW along the way. After thirteen year degeneration, she discovered her own diagnoses and forced the medical community to listen. This book speaks to the strength of the human spirit and the plasticity of our dreams, reminding us that there is always another way, always a next thing.


Book 4
African American Community Activist

(Available 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm)
This book works for the Foodlink. He runs hunger workshops. A former Gandhi Peace Fellow of U of R, he would like to become a community leader.


Book 5

Protestant Minister, Interfaith Chapel

(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book is a minister of the United Church of Christ, who also picked up a law degree about halfway through 25+ years of ministry. This book helps students and the U of R community to find religious sanctuary.


Book 6

Navigating the Pathway, Working for Change in Higher Education

(Available 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book worked as a medical doctor, professor at a medical school and now a University administrator. She encountered some obstacles going up the ladder due to her background, and having dealt with these issues- feels it important  to work to improve the working conditions and opportunities for women and minorities.


Book 7

Afghan Higher Education Innovator
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book is a Fulbright scholar from Afghanistan. He got a medical degree and worked as a medical school professor and administrator before coming to Warner School. He lived through Soviet invasion, civil war and US-led war.


Book 8

"If you are interested in something, just follow it.”
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book calls her a professional student. Partially brought up in Africa. She holds B.A. in English, M.A. in public health and now getting M.D. and Ph.D. in Biology. Her academic path followed by her curiosity and instincts.


Book 9
“Rescue me,” Volunteer Fire Chief in Ontario County
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
“I am an adrenaline junkie, “says this book. He has been a volunteer fire chief for 11 years in his 21 years career in the small town fire department. He has rescued people from fire, car crash and troubles of breathing. He even rushed to the NYC right after 9/11.


Book 10

"Martial Artist"

(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
At only 5' tall, this book must not look like the image that most people think of when they imagine a black belt martial artist.  She has been training for almost three and a half years in Tae Kwon Do, and she prefers to focus more on the "art" than on the "martial".


Book 11

Well-Traveled Crazy Herder
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book is a psychiatric intensive case manager.  Using her multi-tasking and networking skills, she helps adults and their families recover from mental illness.


Book 12
Connected Wonder Woman
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Life on the shelf was pretty normal for this book until one fateful January evening 5 years ago when her heart stopped.  After much puzzlement and finally a diagnosis, she was given a new bionic lease on life.  And a new perspective on how amazing life can be.  It took a while to build up the courage, but this book has now re-classified herself as a storyteller - and is using story to make connections between people and to help them see some of the Wonder in their own lives.


Book 13

Third Culture Kid

(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Having American missionary parents, she lived in three countries and has spoken four languages before coming to the U of R. She doesn't feel that she belongs to a specific country, but that she is a citizen of the world.

(Did you know President Obama, Natalie Portman, and Robert Griffin III were all third culture kids?)


Book 14

Walking in Spirals

(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Have you ever felt like you were “lost” when you were trying to find your way?  Maybe you’re figuring out a career direction or working on a confounding problem or making sense of a relationship.  To this book, a career counselor, university intercessor, leadership coach, and labyrinth steward, the dynamics of spirals are integral to finding your way out of life’s labyrinths.


"Savin' a life - but not really..."

(Available 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm)

Chances are that if you are calling 911 for an ambulance, you aren't actually dying. For most of the people in EMS, its not always about "bad" calls that keeps people coming back. Growing up around an ambulance base, its no surprise that this book joined the ambulance when he was 17 and has since volunteered over 3000 hours with three different agencies.


Book 16

Nerdy Athletic Teenager

(Available 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Ever since this book was a child, she dreamed big. She wanted to go to the best college; play the violin in Carnegie Hall; run the Boston marathon. Most of all, this book wanted to go on an adventure. Despite her troubles of her parents divorce, friends who do not understand her love of classical music, and the pressure she put on herself to always succeed, this book's goals are always in her sight. Someday, she says, she will go somewhere and do something big. That is her ultimate dream- to change the world for the better.


Book 17

Forgiving is not Forgetting

(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

God has never given her more than she could handle.  From growing up a minority in her community, to being economically disadvantaged, this female’s voice was not heard in her patriarchal alcoholic home.  Despite these challenges, and because of them, she became a woman of great faith, determination and compassion.  She uses her gifts and strengths to support and encourage others to overcome “obstacles.”


Book 18

Refugee from Togo

(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

This book grew up as a refugee between Benim and Togo for 10 years. When she came to the states, she was 10 years old without any formal education. Dealing with culture shock, she struggled with adjusting to American schools. After meeting supportive mentors, she is now a senior at the U of R, majoring in Public Health and African Studies.












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