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Dothan Houston County Library System to Create a Library of People

For the month of October DHCLS is asking you to share your story.
Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 6:10 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Ashley Bynum knows firsthand—you should never judge a book by its cover.

“I think that sharing these stories and getting to know your neighbor, getting to know your community is a good way challenge the stigmas and stereotypes that people seem to have.”

Driven by her own personal connection as a teenage mother and stigmas associated with that—when the library programming specialist heard about the Human Library Project, she knew it was needed locally.

Bynum said, “The Human Library Project focuses a lot on hard topics that are very taboo here that people feel like they know a little bit about but don’t want to talk about so this is a safe place for people to research a little.”

The Human Library Project was started in Denmark showcasing a variety of different topics.

Everyone has a story to tell. People usually come to the library to read about history or fiction and you don’t normally hear the stories of those in your community. Stories of people who have overcome, people who have lived fiercely, and those who have struggled. This project is aimed at telling you those stories that you wouldn’t normally read about on these shelves.

“I wanted to just open the door for people to have a better understanding of why some people are the way that they are,” Bynum said.

Creating the community’s own local history book.

“Everyone has a story, everyone has a background, everyone went through something good or bad and I feel like those stories should definitely be shared,” she said.

More information on how to apply to tell your story or nominate someone can be found here.

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