People’s stories on loan

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IT will be a library with a difference, a library where real people are the books on loan to readers.

South Alive will host the first Human Library event in Invercargill tomorrow night at the South Alive Community Park alongside the Night Food Market.

South Alive manager Cress Evans said she encouraged the community to come along and meet and connect with people in the community they might not otherwise have the opportunity to talk to, and not to be afraid to try it.

“It is supposed to be a fun exercise,” she said.

The Human Library concept was a worldwide movement for social change started in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2000.

there were now Human Libraries in an estimated 70 countries around the world.

Ms Evans said they decided to introduce the Human Library concept in Invercargill as a way to continue to build community connections and encourage further community engagement to reduce the social isolation some people found themselves in.

“This concept seems to be a great way to build some bridges with people.”

There will be five or six human books available for loan on the night, including Peggy Peek’s The Tiny Home Dream, Peter Saba’s Life as a Humanitarian, Janette Gellatly’s Nepalese llamas, steampunk teapot racing and asking the hard questions: Life is for living, and Carla Harper’s What is a Scam, a non-fiction novel

Sessions will run for about 10 minutes each, and each book will have a set topic up for discussion.

Human book Peggy Peek said she had wanted to take part in the Human Library because she had experienced the concept in Alexandra several weeks ago and had found it interesting.

Ms Evans said if the community enjoyed or got value from the event, the organisers would “absolutely” consider running further Human Libraries.

Human Library, South Alive Community Park, Friday, 6pm-7pm. Free event. Everyone welcome.

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