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Celebrate diversity by becoming a human book

Concordia and the BAnQ invite students to participate in a living library initiative
November 10, 2016


Concordia and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) are teaming up to offer a Human Library beginning in late January.

“We’re looking for students who represent Montreal's wide range of cultures, to act as ‘human books’ and share their experiences with readers in French,” says Andrew Woodall, dean of students.

“This is a unique opportunity to participate in a project where Montrealers gain an understanding of another’s world and help to build bridges.”

In the Human Library, people act as books that are available on loan to readers for 20 minutes for the purpose of relating his or her life experiences. Since its founding in 2000 in Copenhagen, the Human Library has crossed borders and expanded its content.

The goal is to foster openness to others in an effort to diminish stereotypes and celebrate diversity.


"BAnQ is delighted to host its first Human Library in the Grand Hall," says Iris Amizlev, BaNQ's project lead for exhibitions and facilitation. "We strongly believe that open communication between various members of the diverse communities living in Montreal will be an enriching experience, both for readers and books."

Montreal’s Human Library will be held in the hall of the BAnQ from noon to 3 p.m. every Thursday between January 26 and April 27, 2017.

Each 20-minute session will be followed by a 10-minute break, and each human book will offer a maximum of six sessions over three hours.

Participants will receive $125 and must attend an information and training meeting a few weeks before the project begins.

How to apply to be a human book

If the initiative interests you, prepare a two-minute video in French explaining why you’d like to participate.

Then upload it to your favourite video hosting service and email the link, along with your name and contact information to: before December 9, 2016 at 5 p.m.


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