On January 26th, 2013 the doors of 24 Human Library events in 15 cities across Canada will invite readers to take part in the very first “Human Library Day” in Canada. Human books are people just like you and me – yet they have an interesting perspectives, have had facinating experiences, and they are people with whom you might not normally find yourself having a conversation. Over the last few months, we’ve welcomed several human books to the library at St. George’s Junior School: a blind person, a video game programmer from Microsoft, former students from the Convent of the Sacred Heart School, an Olympian, and a member of Canada’s Armed Forces.
The upcoming Vancouver event, which will take place at the Central Branch of the VPL, is pretty special – the human library books will be available for not just one day, but 9 days! January 18-20, 25-27 + Feb 1-3, 2013 from 12:00PM – 4:00PM, enter the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and head up to the third floor where a special PuSh Festival circulation desk will register you with your own Human Library card and offer to lend you one of thirty possible human books. Many of the books that will be available for “lending” have been, for different reasons, subjected to stereotyping and prejudices. Some of the books that will be available include a Female Heavy Equipment Mechanic, a person living with Asperger’s Syndrome, and someone who is brain injured. Click here, or on the picture below for more information about this event.
Human Library is FREE and open to the public, and books are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the performance. Each conversation will last between 20-30 minutes. Also remember – there is no such thing as a dumb question! This is an opportunity to borrow another person for a given time, and ask them what you want to know.
Also, stay tuned for who we will welcome for the January edition of our own St. George’s version of the Human Library. Details coming soon . . .