They say you should never judge a book by its cover. But dig a little deeper and it becomes clear that same phrase can be applied to just about everything…even people.

And yet we’re so quick to judge. A person in tattered clothes is probably homeless and a woman who’s overweight is unhealthy…but we know better than to make assumptions — or we should.

The Human Library aims to put a stop to snap judgments.

Developed in 2000, The Human Library first appeared at a festival in Copenhagen.

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For four days, more than 50 “titles” were offered on loan. The human “books” gave borrowers the opportunity to challenge their own prejudices.

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Braindamaged title on loan

Posted by Human Library Organization on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Since its inception, The Human Library has grown into a full organization and the program has run in more than 70 countries!

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Skizofrenic title with for readers

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Tough questions are encouraged and interesting answers are offered…you can learn just as much, if not more, from these people as you can from any book on a similar subject.

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So, the next time you see a short person, an obese person, a gay person on the street, consider this…they all have one thing in common.

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We are all one.Please don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Posted by Human Library Organization on Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It’s hard to acknowledge our own stereotypes and prejudices, but it’s also possible to put them aside.

And when we do that, who knows what we can achieve?

If you’d like to learn more about The Human Library, check out their website and see if there’s an event coming to a location near you!

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