Check out a person at Vancouver’s “Human Library” this January

Photo credit: orientalgateway | Wikipedia

Photo credit: orientalgateway | Wikipedia

The Vancouver Public Library is about to get some interesting new additions to its collection.

30 “human books” will be coming to the library as part of the 2016 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Jan. 23-Feb. 7. Just what is a human book? It’s a real, live person that you check out and chat face-to-face with for about 20 minutes. And from the titles, these human books sound like real page-turners. People “on loan” this year range from “Drag King” to “8-year-old inventor.”

Inspiration for the event comes from Copenhagen, Denmark, where the first Human Library was launched in 2000 as a way to fight stereotypes and promote dialogue in the community. Human books typically represent stigmatized or marginalized groups of people – religious minorities, sexual minorities and others exposed to misconceptions and prejudice. Continue reading:
Check out a person at Vancouver’s “Human Library” this January

Life’s an Open Book at the Human Library in Vancouver

Image courtesy of Liesbeth Bernaerts | Pushfestival.ca

Image courtesy of Liesbeth Bernaerts | PuShfestival.ca

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is always one to break boundaries and open your eyes to exciting new elements of art and performance. This is especially true with the return of the Human Library to the Vancouver Public Library from January 23 until February 8, 2015.

Back by overwhelming demand to the PuSh Festival for a third year, Human Library continues to lure Vancouverites with its simple, novel and compelling premise: borrow a book, discover a life.

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Life’s an Open Book at the Human Library in Vancouver

Check Out a Human Book from the Vancouver Public Library

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Photo credit: christianyves | Flickr

Interested in learning more about the lives of ex cons, sex therapists or born-again Christians? The Vancouver Public Library has the “book” for you.

As part of this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Jan. 14-Feb. 2), the library will be loaning out dozens of “human books.”  Visitors can check out everyone from a recovering hoarder to a male nanny and female heavy equipment operator, then sit down for an in-depth one-on-one conversation.

Presented for the first time in Vancouver at last year’s PuSh, the Human Library project is intended to give people the opportunity to talk with members of groups that are traditionally marginalized or misunderstood. Inspiration for the event comes from Copenhagen, Denmark, where the first Human Library was launched in 2000 as a way to fight stereotypes and promote dialogue in the community.

On select days during the festival, visitors to the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch can head to a special circulation desk on the third floor and peruse the human titles available. Continue reading:
Check Out a Human Book from the Vancouver Public Library

Human Library Lets you Check Out People at Vancouver’s PuSh Festival

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The Vancouver Public Library has 2.8 million items in its collection: books, DVDs, periodicals and – starting Jan. 18 – even people.

As part of the PuSh Arts Festival, the library will be loaning out 30 human books – real, live people that you check out and chat with one-on-one for 20-30 minutes.  And from the titles, these human books sound like real page-turners: Polyamorous, Drag Queen, Occupy Activist and Refugee . . . to name a few.

The inspiration for the event comes from Copenhagen, Denmark, where the first Human Library was launched in 2000 as a way to fight stereotypes and promote dialogue in the community.  The human books typically represent stigmatized or marginalized groups of people – religious minorities, sexual minorities and others exposed to misconceptions and prejudice.

The hope is that curious readers will get to know these people on an individual level and learn more about their beliefs.  So far, human libraries have connected thousands of readers with human books in 65 countries.

Of course, to check out a human book, you first need to have a human library card. Continue reading:
Human Library Lets you Check Out People at Vancouver’s PuSh Festival