This piece is part of The Ascent’s Series “Human Library”

By Siya Aggarwal

When I get stressed out (which is more often than I like to admit), my mom always tells me to imagine my happy place or to manifest a place where I feel most at peace. Now that I think about it, my ‘happy place’ (it’s a little bit cliche- but it’s what pops up in my head first),  is a library. Not because it is quiet, or because I can get lost in the tranquility of the room, it’s because of the books. The numerous distinct novels that fill up every nook and corner of the place. Each writing, different from the previous one, every novel is unquestionably unique. Each book has its own story to share and tales to tell. That is the essence of a library and is exactly what I intend to translate into this project, with a little twist. 

I am fortunate to live in a community with several successful personalities that have excelled in their respective fields. The Human Library is a platform to engage and have insightful interactions with these people by learning from their experiences. Speakers will be coming from the fields of medicine, sports, law, journalism, science, literature, etc. Originally, only residents of my community would have access to the library, but then I remembered that I have two homes, one of them being Ascend both of which would benefit from this. Therefore, I am very pleased to introduce the Human Library series where I will be writing features about various speakers and providing everyone with intellectual insight and perspective.

Keep updated by visiting the Ascent website under the human library section and by following the official Instagram page (@human.library.vivarea)