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.
This week I had the pleasure and privilege of
sharing my storytelling skills and working alongside Springvale Library in setting up their inaugural Human Library. Initially known as the Living Libraries, the concept developed in Denmark in 2000 and since then the idea has spread to over 45 countries. The central concept behind the Human Library is the strengthening of local communities through conversation.
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.
So ... come to Springvale and borrow a person not a book, for a conversation like no other. Each ‘human book’ will have six, twenty minute sessions open to the public. Book a session with your chosen book and discover their life history. If you don’t know what to ask - sample questions will be provided on the day. Don’t worry if you miss out this time because there will be more human library events throughout the year.