Notebooks, e-books, and now audio books. Ever heard of a human book? What if you don’t have to read a book from cover to cover, and can instead borrow a human to answer all your questions? By Shikha Pushpan
Let’s first understand what it’s is all about. The Human Library Project was started in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Ronni Abergel as a movement for social change. He proposed a gathering where humans are ‘rented’ as ‘interactive books’ and share their real-life experiences with their borrower. You’d be free to ask questions, no matter how difficult or awkward (in a manner admissible, of course) and exchange ideas with your ‘book’ during the 30-minute session.
On their website is written, “Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover.” The aim of the entire project is to challenge stereotypes, promote diversity, and discuss taboos and the people you meet and rent are those who face stereo-typification in the society. One can walk into the library for free and browse through the rich collection of ‘books’ to have a real and interactive session for free.
The Project has already expanded to around 80 countries and it’s now coming to Delhi with its first ever event on June 18.
So, walk into any Human Library depot, select the ‘book’ you want and book a slot with the help of a librarian. There are multiple categories of ‘books’ on offer at the library- ranging from a recovering drug abuser, cancer survivor, female solo traveller to an amputee.
The Delhi chapter of the Human Library will be hosted at Innov8 in Connaught Place between 2pm and 7pm this Sunday. So, get ready to read through your ears!