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Read From the Pages of a Living “Book”

  Posted on: January 30, 2013

By Elizabeth Rennie, Instruction & Outreach Librarian

People are often the most interesting stories.

That’s why TRU Library is presenting “The Living Library: An Intercultural Exchange” as part of International Days. Based on the Human Library project, the Living Library (on Tuesday February 5th) lets people “borrow” another actual person, someone has volunteered to be a “book” for the event and share their stories. The idea is to facilitate intercultural dialogue, challenge stereotypes, and promote understanding.

We’ve got some interesting “books” lined up, both faculty and students. Depending on whom you choose to “borrow” and talk with, you may find out what it’s like to teach in Japan, live in the Middle East, or travel across Europe. What’s it like to study in Beijing, and how does that compare to studying here at TRU? What’s it like to travel from the warmth of Mauritius to a cold Kamloops winter? We all have so many stories to share; this is an opportunity to actually take the time to sit and “read” just a few of the amazing stories on our campus.

The Living Library will be set up on the 2nd floor of the CAC Rotunda from 10:30 to 2 pm; refreshments will be available. You’ll have a chance to read short summaries of our participating “books,” and to then sign up to “borrow” those that interest you for a 20-minute conversation. A limited number of loans is available, so show up early to get your first pick!


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