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Join us at the Human Library Rhode Island this Sunday!

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An eclectic and thought-provoking collection of more than 50 “Human Books” will provide the East Bay with a unique reading experience at Roger Williams University on Sunday, March 30th. The first statewide Human Library event took place at Rochambeau Library in Providence last year; now a  larger consortium of Rhode Island libraries and sponsoring organizations has come together to produce another highly original and perhaps life-changing library experience for the people of Rhode Island.

Modeled on a traditional library, a human library consists of “human books,” real people who have volunteered to tell their personal stories and to answer questions about life experiences. Readers are invited to browse a catalog and check out a book for a 15-minute, one-on-one conversation, during which they can learn about their subject and ask questions in a safe, respectful setting.

Recalling the old adage, “Never Judge a Book by its Cover,” human libraries strive to promote understanding by allowing people to test the truth behind preconceptions. Human books are people with powerful stories to tell and all have experienced prejudice and disadvantage in their lives.  Examples of book titles available in Bristol are Face of Homelessness, Refugee, Becoming Blind, Ex-Felon, Childless by Choice, Capeverdean American Woman, and Living on the Hyphen of Being Iranian-American. Go to and click on “The Human Books” tab to read full catalog entries (check back frequently for updates).

“We’ve received great support from public and academic libraries in Providence and all around the East Bay as well as  generous sponsorship from Library Friends’ groups, community organizations and businesses“ said  Joyce May, Adult Services Librarian at Weaver Library and Co-Chair of HLRI 2014.  “A human library is memorable experience and a powerful learning tool. We’re expecting visitors, not only from the East Bay but from all over the state” she added.

HLRI 2014 will take place on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Global Heritage Hall, Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI from 1:00pm -5:00pm.  The program is free and open to all.  For more information, visit, and follow @HumanLibRI on Twitter.

Public Interest Communication: Talking to the Public about Everything from Global Warming to the Arts: Rescheduled for March 27th!


Dr. Joseph Grady, senior fellow for public policy, Pell Center, will discuss his experience over the past fifteen years working with nonprofits and foundations to figure out better ways of talking about important issues, from global warming to nuclear weapons to the economy and the arts. He will give examples of how his expertise as a linguist helps nonprofits develop more effective ways of reaching their audiences.

Joseph Grady is a cognitive linguist whose academic research and publications have focused on the ways in which understanding and communication are shaped by universal metaphorical patterns. He has taught linguistics at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, and also spent a number of years as a consultant helping to analyze and develop brand names. Grady received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Are you ready for Pi day?

We are! Celebrate National Pi Day this Friday, March 14.  March 14th is National Pi Day, and we are celebrating with a display dedicated to π!
National Pi Day was started in 1988 by Larry Shaw, a physicist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California. It is now celebrated around the world.March 14th is also Albert Einstein’s birthday, so dig into a slice of birthday pie and solve some mathematical equations. Happy Pi Day!
Exploratorium’s website for more information on celebrating Pi Day:
Come see our display:pi day 2 Pi day