Human Library in Vancouver, Jan 23-Feb 8

Here at the Alcuin Society we talk about books and libraries all the time, but what are Human Libraries or Human Books? The PuSh Festival is proud to announce Human Library coming back to Vancouver for the third year in a row. The event will take place at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library on 350 West Georgia Street, January 23 to February 8, between 12 and 4 pm. Admission is free, and there will be 30 Human Books available on a first-come, first-served basis.

From the Human Library in Copenhagen, in 2010 -- the rapper book on the right

From the Human Library in Copenhagen, in 2010 — the rapper book on the right

To answer the question, Human Library is a display of people who wait for the visitors (readers) to approach them and strike a conversation. The Human Books stand for various stereotypes. They are keen to talk about their experiences, and open up to those who entertain their own prejudices, who are willing to transcend them and find more about a real person’s life. The conversation usually starts by finding out the name of the book (such as “The Hitchhiker”, “The Disabled”, “The Homeless”) and before you know it you will immerse yourself in a rich experience and learn so much about the world. The Human Library is an international phenomenon that started in Denmark in 2000 as a protest against violence. To find out more about this movement, check out their website.