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Living Library set for March 24 – Registration open

The McGoogan Health Sciences Library will hold UNMC’s first Living Library event on March 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All individuals at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine are welcome to participate.

The event is held in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Criss Library and co-sponsored by the UNMC Office of Inclusion.  

Living libraries are events where individuals act as “living books” and event participants “check out” those books for 30-minute conversations. The purpose of a living library is to provide a safe space for difficult conversations that may not be easily held in day-to-day life. The selected living books have agreed to be open and honest regarding their unique experiences. The books available for check out at the UNMC event have experiences including abuse and navigating an unexpected diagnosis. For a full list of the books and their story topics, please visit the event webpage.

Those wishing to participate and check out a living book are required to register to spend time with the book in advance on the Living Library event webpage. Participants may check out a living book of interest for a one-on-one conversation, or they may choose to register with a small group with a maximum of three people. Everyone is encouraged to bring questions for the selected book.

Individuals located at UNMC’s distance campuses are encouraged to participate in the event; certain times during the event will be reserved for Zoom participants. Zoom appointments will be limited due to technology constraints and are reserved solely for distance campus participants. Further registration information for virtual appointments can be viewed on the event webpage.  

To view the book catalog, register with a living book, get more information on Living Library events, and watch teaser trailers, visit the UNMC Living Library webpage.

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