Human Library Day in Canada
On January 26th, 2013 the doors of 24 Human Library events in 15 cities across Canada will invite readers to take part in the very first "Human Library Day" in Canada. Ever since the very first Human Library (Menneskebiblioteket in Danish) at Roskilde Festival, it has been a dream of the inventors to one day see a national Human Library Day take place. This is now about to happen in Canada with the great aid of CBC Radio (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) and 24 local Human Library Organizers.
National Human Library Day is a one-day event (with Winnipeg hosting a three-day event) hosted by local libraries and media and cultural centres across the country, in an effort to help dispel myths and stereotypes by creating an opportunity for one-on-one conversations between people who may never have met otherwise. People from various walks of life, including CBC personalities, will volunteer their time as "books." Members of the public will have a chance to "check out" a "book" and ask questions to learn about the person and their extraordinary life."National Human Library Day is about breaking down barriers. It is about having conversations that broaden our understanding of people and our communities, and our country," said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News and Centres. "As the public broadcaster, CBC is the perfect home for those conversations, regardless of where you live in the country."