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What is a Human Library? A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community that they might not normally engage with. Visitors to a library have an opportunity during a planned event to borrow Human Books and to engage in conversation with the books. Human Libraries promote tolerance, celebrate differences and encourage understanding of people who come from varied cultural or lifestyle backgrounds. What is a Human Book? Human Books are volunteers who are willing to share their stories with others in a safe environment. What is a Reader? Readers check out Human Books. By doing so, they have the opportunity, during a planned event, to participate in one-on-one or small-group conversations with Human Books to ask questions and to learn about other’s life experiences or special interests.

What the Readers have to say about previous Human Libraries:
Readers from previous HHL events have their say!

It was great. I read a book that was definitely out of my element but was very interesting. I learnt that you shouldn’t judge a book by his looks. Another event off my bucket list that I would like to repeat.

I wanted to echo what a wonderful experience it was!! Thanks to everyone involved. Many people I speak with wish it would take place in their community. Hope it can be an annual/bi-annual event.

It has been a long time since I have attended an event that excited me as much. I learned new things and I had other ideas reaffirmed. I would like to see this Human Library event available to both elementary and high schools.

I hope there will be another Human Library so I can take my whole family!

A Place with No Stupid Questions

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to:

Live with physical or cognitive challenges?

Be part of a visible minority?

Have experienced homelessness or poverty?

Sit and have a conversation with Books who will talk to you about their life, their choices and the issues and concerns that they face on a day to day basis.



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