Acadia University and the Annapolis Valley Regional Library will host a Human Library on October 22 at the Vaughan Memorial Library and October 23 at the Wolfville Memorial Public Library.
"The power of this event is the one-on-one nature of the conversations," says Pamela Maher, Acadia University librarian and project coordinator. "Meeting someone face-to-face challenges you to really listen and understand where other people are coming from. This is a real-world lesson in diversity."
The Human Library is a unique experience designed to break barriers and create community connections. Community members will serve as living books. Visitors are invited to sit one-on-one for 30 minutes with one of our Living Books and get to know his or her story, whether the "book" is a "Former Russian" who lived for more than 50 years in the Soviet Union, an "Intern in Ghana," or a woman who spent "75 Years as a Social Activist." CBC Radio host Don Connolly will also make an appearance as a living book. A full catalogue is online and updated frequently.
The Human Library is an international event, taking place at libraries from Copenhagen, Denmark to Korat, Thailand. Acadia University's Human Library will be the first in Nova Scotia.
All are invited to attend and borrow a Living Book. No pre-registration is required.
For more information about the Human Library project, including a list of dates and participating Living Books, visit http://library.acadiau.ca/news/humanLibrary.html
For more information contact:
Academic Librarian, Human Library Project Coordinator