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Living Books

What is Beyond the Cover?

Beyond the Cover is a library of books – except the books are people.  A reader can check out these Living Books and have a conversation with them for 10 minutes.  The conversation will focus on whatever the Living Book shares as part of their story.
A BEYOND THE COVER event is centered around a specific theme, such as: Disabilities Awareness (current theme), future themes might be Equity and Diversity, Careers and Majors, the possibilities are endless.

Living Books are expected to present themselves in an authentic way through a positive exchange. Books and readers are asked to treat each other with tolerance and respect.

How Does It Work?

On the day of the event, there will be a browsing area for all of the Living Books. In order to check-out a Living Book, the reader will check-out the Living Book at the Check in/Circulation desk. The policies are as follows:

  • Living Books can be checked out for 10 minutes.
  • Living Books are renewable for another 10 minutes, as long as there are no holds on the book.
  • You may place a hold on a Living Book, if it is checked out.
  •  Dual-person checkouts are available for some Living Books, as noted in the browsing area.
  •  Living Books are for use in Room #805 only. 
  • There will be four different book readings. Readers will choose the group/time they want to be a part of.  You may end this time early. A Living Book may also end the conversation early as well. 

Event Schedule

When: April 10th 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

Where: Learning Resource Center (LRC) Room #805

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Student will gain a better understanding of the struggles, similarities, and successes that students with disabilities have compared to themselves
  • DSPS student will feel more connected to the MSJC community as the veil and stigma of attending college with a disability is removed