Don't judge a book by its cover.
Listen In aims to stimulate community discussion, promote understanding, and reduce conflict
and prejudice by sharing the stories of San Diegans. The videos below feature local residents
sharing their personal experiences: who they are, where they come from, what discrimination
feels like, and how common stereotypes are often wrong and hurtful.
Listen In also serves as a companion to SDCL's Human Library events. The Human Library is a concept developed in Denmark as a friendly way to build bridges among diverse populations. Living Books (people who represent different groups of people) are made available for customers to check out for conversations about what it's like to be transgender, HIV+, blind, living with mental illness, and more.
Read about a Human Library event held at the Rancho San Diego Library in October 2013:
Check out a person at the Human Library (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Born Into Islam
Transgender and HIV+
Civil Rights Activist
Listen In represents the mission of public libraries throughout history, supporting intellectual freedom
and the importance of providing free, unencumbered access to information.
This project is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the
provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.