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'Human Library' comes to Rochester

Here's an interesting way to learn about people. It's called a human library - a place where everyone is literally an open book.
Here's an interesting way to learn about people.

It's called a human library - a place where everyone is literally an open book.

They say you can't judge a book by its cover.

When it comes to humans, the same is true.

Luticha Andre Doucette is one of 14 human "books" that can be checked out tomorrow at the central library downtown.

All of the books - which are actually people - hope to share their life experiences with readers.

"I like sharing that story and educating people on what life is like with a disability and that we can have a wonderful and exciting life even though we have wheels attached to our butts," she said.

It's a place where people can ask honest questions, and that's something that the University of Rochester and Rochester Public Library hope to promote at tomorrow's human library.

"Not many people have human connections so we wanted to bring a conversation between people and this is a chance we can do this," said Mari Tsuchiya Senior Library Assistant at the University of Rochester River Campus libraries.

Human book, Jerome Nathaniel comes from Brooklyn.

"There are things that I didn't even know how to express until I was a book and then I started to speak about it and it was a nice way to talk about what I do," he said. "Makes you a little bit more proud of yourself."

The human library is tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. at the central library downtown.

Other "books" include a former teacher who underwent a gender transition and a Vietnam veteran.
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