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‘Human Library’ to Break Down Barriers, Engage Conversation

March 17, 2011 7:45 AM | Entertainment

The Millennium Library will play host to Winnipeg’s first “Human Library” today until Sunday.

The four-day event is meant to encourage understanding between people and to promote the notion of not judging a book by its cover.

Visitors to the library will become ‘books’ and are ‘borrowed’ for conversation. People are given the opportunity to speak informally with others of various ages, lifestyles, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds in a safe and welcoming environment.

‘Books’ and ‘readers’ meet for a half hour ‘loan period’ with the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and share experiences about their life or culture.

The concept began more than a decade ago in Denmark and has been held across the entire world.

Hours of the Human Library:

Thursday, March 17 — 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 18 — 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 — 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 — 1 to 4 p.m.

The official launch will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Millennium Library