You can borrow a human at the Vancouver Public Library this weekend

Sep 4 2019, 11:19 am

While there’s no question that books are great sources of information, there’s something to be said for face-to-face human interaction and storytelling.

And an event at the Vancouver Public Library this weekend aims to promote and foster that style of information sharing, through what organizers have dubbed the “Human Library.”

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Taking place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and presented by Zee Zee Theatre, the Human Library, will allow attendees to “check out” a human being to facilitate their learning.

“Instead of absorbing knowledge from looking at words printed on a page, readers at Human Libraries borrow individuals to hear their personal stories and ask them questions,” said organizers.

“By connecting people who under normal circumstances might not have had a chance to sit down and talk, the library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging common prejudices in a positive manner.”

 

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The 20-minute, candid conversations are meant to open people’s eyes “to the diversity of lived experience.”

Human books are available on a first-come, first-served basis during event hours.

The event is free to attend, and “human books” are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

And for those who enjoy interacting with pooches as well as people, the VPL is hosting a dog-borrowing event this month, as well.

Human Library at VPL

When: Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8

Time: Noon to 4 pm, both days

Where: Central Branch | Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia Street

Admission: Free