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NEWS: Kamloops chapter ‘human book’ event, Nov. 21

Anita Strong & Maude Barlow

The Kamloops Daily News reports, “They begin with a bookshelf, just five ‘books’, but the Council of Canadians expects to build a library, a human library. On Monday, the Kamloops chapter hosts its first Human Library, a group of volunteers willing to lend themselves out and share their life experiences, one on one, with their ‘readers’.”

“Readers — that is, anyone in the community interested in hearing stories — are invited to join them for dinner at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 Seventh Ave. …Monday’s inaugural event, which begins with a no-host lasagna dinner ($15 a plate) at 6 p.m. When the library opens at 7, they sign up to borrow a human book for a half-hour session.”

“The idea is new to Kamloops but has been practised for years around the world, said Anita Strong, deli owner and council member. …The first human library was established in Denmark in 1993. For more information on the local project, visit www.lookkamloops.ca/human_library.htm.”