Monday, January 24, 2011

News of the Weird (by Chuck Shepherd)

This is a little blurb I just came across when reading one of my favorite columns in the free Columbus newspaper called The Other.

The Toronto Public Library began its "Human Library" project in November with about 200 users registering to "check out" interesting persons from the community who would sit and converse with patrons who might not otherwise have the opportunity to mingle with people like them. The first day's lend-outs, for a half-hour at a time, included a police officer, a comedian, a former sex worker, a model, and a person who had survived cancer, homelessness and poverty. The Human Library actually harkens back to olden times, said a TPL official, where "storytelling from person to person" "was the only way to learn."

It sounds kind of interesting to me. I wonder if the Columbus Metro. Library would ever consider doing something like this? Maybe I should forward this to them?

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