September 29, 2020

IMG_6850_2BY HAILEY MERKT

The library offers a wide range of informative items, ranging from DVDs and CDs to how-tos and old news.

However, on Thursday, March 6 Conestoga College’s library resource centre is taking it one step further, loaning out “Human Books” between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. as part of Respect Week.

Students, staff and faculty will have the chance to “borrow a Human Book” for an enlightening 15 minutes.

Humanlibrary.org explains these books as “a person that has chosen to be a public representative for a certain group … They are courageous people who stand by their convictions and are willing to discuss their values with others.”

Human Library began 14 years ago in Denmark. The event was made to “break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner,” as the organization describes it.

“It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and understanding.”

Human Library has since become an inspiring, international event.

Elizabeth Spanjer, a Respect leader intern, is helping organize Conestoga’s third annual Human Library event.

“We are aiming for 12 books this year. We might even bring back some returns from last year, like a female illusionist. Or more stereotypically known as a drag queen,” Spanjer said.

“He came in full drag to show his other side.”

Spanjer also mentioned a couple of brave students who volunteered in the past to talk about their life with depression.

“People are generously sharing their life stories … It’s a fantastic opportunity to challenge your assumptions.”

Laura Black, a Student Life programmer, said this is “a unique and inspiring opportunity that should be shared with others.”

Individual students, staff and faculty members can drop-in anytime on the day of the event.

However, teachers are encouraged to sign-up classes interested in attending by Jan. 31 at respect@conestogac.on.ca.

Book titles will be released in late February.

To learn more about this interactive event, check out humanlibrary.org.

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