We told you a while ago about an interesting project happening at the Ottawa Library where people could sign out “human books”. What that means is that you would be able sign up to have a one-on-one conversation for 10-15 minutes with different kinds of interesting people – individuals that you might never get a chance to talk with. How cool is that?! Some of the human books on loan in Ottawa included a judge, an Inuk activist, a Somali refugee, a person living with HIV, a farmer, and an opera singer. What kinds of questions might you ask them? What kind of advice could they have to give? What kinds of cool stories do you think they might be able to share with you?
Watch this video, from Acadia’s Vaughan Library, to find out a little more about how this works:
Now you have the chance to try out this interesting experience right here at St. George’s Junior School library! We will be welcoming our first “human book” next week, on Thursday, May 3. And what an intersting human book this is . . .
Clement Chou was born legally blind in 1992; his vision gradually deteriorated until he was 3 years old, when he became totally blind. He wasn’t a very active kid, until he discoverd a sport called goalball when he was 13. He is now a volunteer with BC Blind Sports, and plays goalball for Team Canada on the Junior Men’s National Team! Goalball is a team sport designed for blind athletes, during which participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells inside it into the opponents’ goal. Teams alternate throwing or rolling the ball from one end of the playing area to the other, and players remain in the area of their own goal in both defence and attack. Players must use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball. Games consist of two 12 minute halves. Blindfolds allow partially sighted players to compete on an equal footing with blind players, to ensure that everyone is playing using primarily their senses of hearing and touch.
Clement also has many other interests including playing the guitar, public speaking, advocating for the blind, and recently, the study of laido, which is an old Japanese form of swordmanship.
If you’d like to be one of the people to sign out our first human book (on Thursday, May 3), come to the library and speak to Ms. Walker or Mr. Weber. We’ll set up a time slot suring that day when you’ll be able to talk with Clement about anything you like. You might want to know what it’s like to play a sport for a National team, where you get to travel to other countries to compete! You might be interested in how the world works for a person who is blind. Maybe you’re interested in his new activty: Japanese sword fighting! Or perhaps you have something else interesting that you’d like to ask him, or talk about with him. This is a really cool opportunity – think about signing up!