The Human Library: borrow a person not a book
Initially known as the Living Libraries, this concept developed in Denmark in 2000 and since then the idea has spread to over 45 countries. The central idea behind the Human Library is the strengthening of local communities through conversation.
Storytellers from around Australia have been involved in either contributing their skills to train Human Books or have been a Book themselves.
Being a storyteller isn’t about always doing the talking. Sometimes we’re asked to help others liberate their stories so they can be heard. It’s not easy to shape a lived experience into a story for telling. Australian Storytellers are great networkers and have recently been sharing tips and experiences about training Human Books.
Read about Human Libraries and be inspired. The Australian website provides resource kits along with everything you need to know to establish a Human Library in you area.
If you are in Melbourne and interested in seeing how it all works, come to Springvale Library.
Launch event: 3pm
Session 1: 4 - 5.30pm
Session 2: 6 - 7.30pm
Bookings essential: Book online here
phone: 1300 630 920
Springvale Library: 411 Springvale Road, Springvale (Mel Ref 79 K11)
pictured: Some of the Human Books you can meet on the day. L - R Vinayak Hase, Ray Collins, Jasna Dolic, Ravi Stocks, Mariam Issa. Their stories are transcendent, inspiring, funny and moving and they are all true.