A library with no late fees and no confusing Dewey Decimal System? Sounds like a dream!
A Human Library is exactly that – a library where the “books” are living people who have volunteered to share their stories with “readers”.
The concept originated in Denmark and has since spread to fifty countries in five continents.
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Tasmania has established a permanent human library in Launceston where visitors choose which stories to check out based on the “book” titles they have assigned themselves which could include “Olympic Athlete” and “War Veteran” among many others.
Readers can also join the story by asking questions or adding their own life experiences.
According to the Launceston City Council, the project is designed to “promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding.”
“The Human Library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging prejudices in a positive and humorous manner.”