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Human Library Project

Challenge stereotypes and build bridges through dialogue

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As a child, 1 hour of the week during our scholastic year, was dedicated for library hour. It was during this time, that I learnt the value of 'don't judge a book by its cover'.  We had a week to read the book and write a summary about it, before we took out the next book.  This was my favourite class! I  chatted with my friends, picked up a book, and started reading it. I truly believe, this library class spurred my interest in reading across diversity, and  explains my vocabulary talent!  

Fast forward to 2000, a non-governmental youth project called The Human Library was born. The books are people, and the stories they tell shatter stereotypes  - homelessness, alcoholic, sexually abused, unemployed, HIV, solider with PTSD, etc. 

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

1) How might we use the Human Library as an opportunity to talk about end of life from different perspectives? Medical education? 2) As part of their curriculum, can children loan a 'human book' and write about their learnings? 3) How can we integrate the Human Library into organizations to talk about end of life and care challenges? Could we use this to change care and bereavement policies?


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