Books come to life at The Rockford Public Library.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Today about 20 books came to life as people living in Northern Illinois shared their stories with the community.

Human Library is an event held a few times throughout the year and people from all walks of life come to share their life stories in a one-on-one setting. Some of these "books" talk about discrimination, racism, disabilities and all sorts of real-life experiences. Volunteers with the Human Library say this event is a way of learning more about people in your community that you might not meet otherwise.

"With people sitting down and having the old fashion conversation, you get to look at someone and read their gestures and really get down to making a human connection," said Duane Wilke, a volunteer with the human library.

The next Human Library will be taking place sometime in January