The Highland Lakes campus is hosting its sixth
annual Human Library this spring with humans
to ‘check out’ and learn from.
A Human Library is an event where people volunteer to be
“Books,” which are labeled and then available for “check out.” The idea
is to have a cross section of “books” representing different aspects of the
population that have been stereotyped.
“Books” are asked to be themselves and tell their story
in response to questions asked by the “Reader.” This exercise allows
“Books” and “Readers” alike to meet people from other walks of life that they
may not otherwise have had an opportunity to meet and to learn about them. The
idea is to break down barriers and end prejudice.
OCC’s Human Library this year includes the following
titles: Gay Dads, British Muslim, Transgender, Living with Alzheimer’s, Living
with Spina Bifida. The library hopes to have 13 to 14 Human book titles in
all. The Human Library will be featured from noon to 3 p.m., April 10 at
the Highland Lakes Diversity and Inclusion Fair. The event will also include
student exhibits on nursing and dental hygiene care around the world. Massage
therapy students will provide free massages, a henna artist will give free
temporary tattoos, and Empty Bowls donations will benefit the Open Door Pantry.
For more information, watch this Human Library video.
Also coming up is the Great Michigan Read,
presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer and the
National Endowment for the Humanities. OCC is one of 300
statewide community partners. A statewide committee selected Annie's Ghosts, a 2010
Michigan Notable Book by Washington Post Associate Editor and
Detroit native Steve Luxenberg, for the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read.
is part memoir, part detective story and part history. As the author tries to
understand his mom's reasons for hiding her sister's existence, he takes
readers on a journey into his mother's world of the 1930s and '40s, where he
explores how a poor, immigrant family manages life with a child who has special
OCC book events are as follows:
Book Discussion with Genealogical Presentation: “Family Secrets
Revealed: An Exploration of the Genealogical Tools Used in Steve Luxenberg’s
Annie’s Ghosts,”11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 17, Room D-201, AH Library
A Conversation About Annie’s Ghosts, the 2013-14 Great Michigan
Read, 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 18, Room D-201, AH Library
Contact: Christine Malmsten (248) 232-4131
Book discussions: 5-6 p.m., Monday, March 17 and Noon to 1 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 25, HL Library, Woodland Hall
Program: Annie’s Ghosts: Conversation and Exploration of Mental
Illness, noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, at Woodland Hall, Room 121
Contact: Beth Garnsey (248) 942-3128
Orchard Ridge Campus:
Guest speaker: Fred Cummins, President of the Alliance for the
Mentally Ill of Oakland County, speaks about How Mental Illness Impacts the
Family & the Role of the Public Mental Health Care System from 11 a.m. to
12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, Room J-294.
Book Discussion: Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, King
Library, Room K-216
Contact: Nadja Springer-Ali (248) 522-3531
Book Discussion & Film Program: Annie’s Ghosts and Back Wards
to Back Streets film discussion, 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, Room B-251,
Brown Bag Book Discussion, Noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 3,
Room B-300p, Southfield
Contact: Darlene Johnson-Bignotti (248) 246-2526
About Oakland Community College
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is
Michigan’s largest community college and the 25th largest in the
nation. OCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields, including
university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts.
Approximately 78,000 undergraduates attend OCC each year.