You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover!

Using Human Libraries in Schools to Engage, Explore, Discover and Connect


  • Kerry Pope



Everyone has a ‘story’. Many different events and experiences shape our lives. Just like a book, the stories inside people are fascinating! When people share these stories with others they become a ‘living book’. We have used ‘Human Libraries’ at William Clarke College in a new, innovative way. They provide our K-6 students with a wonderful opportunity to connect with diverse members of our school community and beyond, listen to their personal stories, communicate with them, build relationships, explore and learn. By participating in a ‘Human Library’ they acquire life skills, widening their understanding of others and the world. Students are hungry for real life experiences and ‘living books’ inspire them!