This September we are hoping to start something new @our library and we need help from our public. We are looking for volunteers to serve as human “books”! The human books are checked out for one on one conversations that would last about 20 minutes. It is a way for people to reach out and connect with other individuals in their community and tell their story. The readers have the opportunity during the planned event to borrow a book and interact in the conversation, to ask questions and learn about unique life experiences. The concept originated in Denmark in 2000 as a means to promote tolerance and understanding, but the format and success has spread now world wide and other libraries across Canada now are taking it on with very positive outcomes.
We hope to launch the project for Culture Days/ Culturefest at the end of September. The venues will be the Library and the Niagara Falls Culturefest at the Sylvia Place Farmers Market. Thus the “titles” we are looking for at this time are those related to the arts and culture in our community; and perhaps some multicultural experiences. Are you an artist, a photographer, a musician, a writer? Do you come from another country and have now made a home in Canada – and would like to tell others about your journey? We would love to hear from you for our planning. Workshops and “training” will be provided.
The human library will be administered through the Public Library, but we have already been talking with staff of the Niagara Falls History Museum to partner with some “2012” books. This is just the beginning and we are looking for other community volunteers and partners – so if you are interested please contact Ashleigh Last (905-356-8080)