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Be a Living Library Book!

Why be a book? 

As individuals, we have diverse life experiences that can lead to understanding and greater connections through sharing of those stories. Just as a physical book can broaden horizons and encourages dialogue, telling our stories can have a positive impact. Do you have a story to tell? Would you like an opportunity to dispel some of the stereotypes by talking about your lived experiences in a safe space? Sign up to be a living book and get the conversation started!


What can a book expect from a Living Library experience? 

  • Books can participate in virtual MLA Living Library events or onsite at MLA conferences or both.
  • Books are expected to talk about their unique experiences and how it adds to the breadth of their library. For example, a book might discuss their experiences with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and religious identities; diverse abilities, body sizes, cultural and geographic backgrounds; living with medical or mental health conditions and how these can affect their daily life and work
  • Books will share their experience based on their comfort level regarding the subject matter of their book.
  • The conversation format will be Q&A style.
    • The living book begins the loan with a five-minute introduction to their topic with a quick overview of their insights and experiences. 
    • Readers then ask questions related to what they would like to know more about. This is meant to be an interactive experience and not a presentation or lecture. Readers will have a set of questions provided by the book to get the conversation started.
  • Books can identify with and discuss multiple experiences and can have more than one title available to readers. The reader can choose which title they wish to check out from the book.


So, do you want to be a book? Contact MLA DEI Committee Chair-designate Kelsa Bartley, 

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