The Human Library is a free community event that offers an opportunity to learn more about diverse populations through persons with lived experiences of stereotyping, biases, and prejudices.
At the Human Library, you can borrow a person “A Human Book” and have a conversation with the Book about their story. You will have the opportunity to “unjudge someone,” ask questions, possibly learn something new, and perhaps talk to someone you normally would not have the opportunity to meet otherwise. In this safe place.
You have a chance to examine and explore your own conscious and subconscious biases.
You might choose from titles such as Cannabis Entrepreneur, Police Chief, Recovered Opioid Addict, Once Homeless, Environmentalist and Queer Person.
This is an impactful opportunity to learn, explore, and embrace diversity. Difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and answered.
You can come to read one Book or stay to read 2, 3, or more! Head to the Cobourg Public Library Rotary Room on Tuesday, October 18th between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to check out different titles. Final checkout is at 7:00 p.m.
The titles you are welcome to ‘take out’ include:
· Environmentalist: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
· Police Chief: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
· Cannabis Entrepreneur: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
· Queer Person: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
· Recovered Opioid Addict: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
· Once Homeless: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer our community this unique experience. It may seem like a strange concept to borrow a person instead of a book at the library, but when you think about it, libraries have always been more than warehouses of print books. Libraries are a trusted safe space where all members of the community can gather, explore and be inspired. We believe that by hosting events like the Human Library, we are encouraging open dialogue and positive conversations that can help spark social change.” – Tammy Robinson, CEO