The Human Library


As an English major, it’s safe to say that I’m an avid reader. Reading allows you to step outside of the everyday and experience things you are otherwise unable to experience. The written word can allow you to travel in time and take you to another world. You can fight a dragon, solve a murder, invent something that will change the world, or overcome extreme adversity. But sometimes the written word just doesn’t cut it. Reading, and even writing about something, does not equate to experiencing it. While I’m not sure anyone would want to fight a dragon in real life, who wouldn’t want to invent the next big thing? Or have the courage to become your true self? Sadly, one person cannot experience everything the world has to offer and so we turn to the world of fiction and non-fiction. What if there was another way?

Luckily for us, there is, The Human Library, and it’s exactly what you’d think it is. This Saturday, January 26th, head to your local library from 11-4 and take out a human “book” for a 20 minute session. During the session, have a one-on-one conversation about the life of someone it’s likely you’d never meet otherwise. If you’re interested, you are able to sign out one book in advance from a number of different libraries across the city.

Some of the “books” available in the Westdale branch include Dude to Diva, The Mighty Moon King, and The Black Sheep. Make sure you check out the other “books” available not only at the Westdale library, but the city’s other libraries as well. Don’t be afraid to branch out!

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