Public Library Allows Patrons To Also Borrow People

The Human Library Project aims to break down prejudice barriers by creating settings where people of different backgrounds can engage in conversations according to a report in Yonge Street Media.

The idea of a Human Library first emerged in Copenhagen about a decade ago, as a way to break down prejudice by bringing people of different backgrounds together for one-on-one conversation.

The Toronto Public Library held its first Human Library event at five branches on Nov. 6, attracting more than 200 users who checked out the likes of a police officer, a comedian, a sex-worker-turned-club-owner, a model and a survivor of cancer, homelessness and poverty.

They’re all volunteers whose lives would make good reading, but even better one-on-one chatting.

Photo by Toronto Public Library.

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