The Ontario Library Association’s Human Library Committee has created a Human Library Toolkit for all Ontario Libraries to use when planning an event. If your library is hosting a Human Library event – please let us know so we can promote it for you!
The following Human Library Events will be taking place in the next couple weeks across the province.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 22, 2011
Georgina Public Libraries
Keswick, Sutton & Pefferlaw Branches
10-1pm in Keswick
1-5pm in Pefferlaw & Sutton
Georgina Public Libraries is pleased to present a Human Library at all three of our branches on October 22 in celebration of Ontario Public Libraries Week. Readers will have the opportunity to check out several titles including: A Caregiver's Journey; Citizen of Courage; Seeing Things Differently - and more! Check out a Human Book at one of the branches of Georgina Public Library and learn to see things from another perspective.
Our catalogue of human books is available at: http://www.georgina.canlib.ca/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/x/x/57/5?user_id=WEBSERVER&&searchdata1=Human+Library&srchfield1=TI
Information on our human library is available on our programs page at: http://georginalibrary.ca/AdultPrograms.html
Hamilton Public Library
55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON
1:00 pm – 4:00pm
A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community that they might not come across in their daily lives. It is a way to promote tolerance, celebrate differences and encourage understanding one conversation at a time in a safe environment. Join us to check out a human book and learn about fascinating lives in sports such as lacrosse, Native culture, pottery, Buddhism and more.
Orillia Public Library
500 Gill St. Orillia, ON
10:00am – 4:00pm
The Get a Life Festival is a partnership between the Orillia, Barrie, Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Libraries. To promote Canadian Library month, each Saturday throughout the month one library will be offering a "human library" event. This is the first time in Canada that the Human Library is being offered as a festival in multiple libraries within a County. Patrons don't need to be library holders to attend any of the events at partner libraries. Visit http://www.getalifefestival.ca/
Vaughan Public Libraries
Maple Library - 10190 Keele Street, Vaughan, ON
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Vaughan Public Libraries Hosts Human Library In celebration of Library Settlement Partnership (LSP) Day, Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) will be hosting its first ever Human Library to share insight into the realities of newcomers. An interesting collection of “human books” will be available for checkout on October 22 at Maple Library. These “human books” are people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, people with unique life experiences and interesting stories to share. The Human Library collection will include a wide range of topics, including immigration, cultural diversity, different marriage and familial customs, living with disability, overcoming difficult challenges and much more. “Readers” can borrow a “human book” for 30 minutes at a time and learn about different people, ideas and life experiences through one-on-one conversation with the “human books”.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 29, 2011
Innisfil Public Library-Lakeshore Branch
967 Innisfil Beach Road
10:00am – 4:00pm
The Get a Life Festival is a partnership between the Innisfil, Barrie, Orillia and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Libraries. To promote Canadian Library month, each Saturday throughout the month one library will be offering a "human library" event. It is the first time in Canada that the Human Library is being offered as a festival in multiple libraries within a County. Attendees don't need to be library holders to attend any of the events at partner libraries. www.getalifefestival.ca
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2011
Toronto Public Library
Toronto Reference Library
North York Central Library
12:00pm – 5:00pm
One day, four branches, a lifetime of experience. Toronto Public Library presents the second annual HUMAN LIBRARY at Toronto Reference Library, North York Central Library, Richview Branch and Cedarbrae Branch. Step into someone else’s shoes. Borrow a human book for a half hour têteà-tête and meet: people on the front lines of today’s city issues; contributors to Toronto’s arts, culture and sports scene; veterans and survivors who are rebuilding their lives after war and other tragedies; entrepreneurs making it in today’s competitive world; the faces behind the science and technology of human health. Preview Toronto Public Library's Human Library, get a sneak peek at some of our Human Books on October 19 at Toronto Reference Library. Meet Newcomer Human Books during Library Settlement Partnership days, October 21 and 22, at Centennial, Parkdale, Thorncliffe and York Woods branches. www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/humanlibrary