Human Library opens up to Delta students

The Human Library takes place in Founders Hall on Delta College’s main campus. Human “books” were available for students to “check out” and learn interesting stories from one another in order to increase connections and decrease judgements. Tues. Nov. 12. (Michael Piwowarski/Editor-in-chief)

By Sam Philpot, associate editor.
Additional reporting by Nicole Battinkoff, Collegiate correspondent.

UNIVERSITY CENTER – Delta College hosted its eighth Human Library event Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event gave students the opportunity to sit down with people who have experienced different things through life and to hear their stories.

“You go out to a coffee shop or the bar, and the first thing you do is pull out your phone,” says event host Kathie Marchlewski. “People don’t sit around with strangers anymore.

Students could sit with a variety of topics that ranged from comic book creators to religion to veterans. The event provided ‘books’ to share their stories and give insight to those who sat before them.

In order to find the variety, Marchlewski starts by emailing the faculty. From there, people will either recommend someone, or jump on the opportunity themselves.

We sat down with a couple human ‘books’ to hear their stories.

“I started writing comic books back in 2012, but I’ve written screenplays and novels before,” says Greg Wright.

Wright went on to explain his various comic books. They range from action, to adventure, to horror. He built up an anthology series before getting its first publisher at Source Point Press.

“It’s best to pitch to an artist, get something on paper and then try to publish it,” Wright said.

Other people at the Human Library chose to take action in their lives for someone other than themselves.

“I have a daughter, she’s eight years old now,” says Stacy Sequin, describing the catalyst of her weight loss journey. “She used to call me the fat mom, the lazy mom; she resented me… then I made the decision to lose the weight. It was very complicated, very life changing.”

For Sister Schloemer, missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it was for someone bigger than herself.

“I’ve seen how belief in God can change people’s lives,” says Schloemer.

But it wasn’t always something she was certain of. One day, she prayedv asking if what she’d learned throughout her life was the truth. When that prayer was answered, her purpose came with it.

“I decided I would do whatever God wants me to do,” Schloemer said. “There’s so much power in prayer, because that’s a testimony nobody can take away from you.”

As a flyer said, conversations like these are truly a chance to “un-judge someone.”

If you missed the Human Library event, be sure to keep an eye out for the next one. For more information about the Human Library, you can go to humanlibrary.org or contact Kathie Marchlewski at 989-280-6765.

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