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Human Library

By Administrator | 7 February 2017

Why not run a Human Library in your community?

Human Libraries let you borrow people instead of books, for a short conversation with someone you might not ordinarily meet in your day-to-day life.  These might be people with unusual life experiences or special skills, people who are marginalised or stigmatised in society, people who are – as we all are – well worth listening to.

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A Queensland Human Library

A Queensland Human Library

Human Library sessions can take place within library walls or at community events like street fairs and markets; they can take place on a regular basis, or be arranged for a single special occasion.

In 2016, State Library of Queensland hosted its first Human Library event with volunteers from across Brisbane. Successful Human Library projects have been run interstate and around the world and the model is easily adapted to suit your community’s size and needs.

If you’d like to set up your own Human Library event, contact Human Library HQ in Denmark, via their website. It’s well worth checking out.






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