The Human Library comes to Utrecht

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On Sunday March 10 from 1:30 pm till 05:00 pm at Bibliotheek Utrecht Oudegracht you will have the chance to participate in a unique library experience.

In the Human Library you do not borrow books, but people. Interesting people who you do not speak to in your normal daily life.

You can learn through talking to them that what we think about people based on the outside may not actually be true to reality.

You can meet various ‘living books’ who are ready to tell you their life story, think of a refugee, teenage mother and transgender, all life experiences can be shared in the Human Library. There will be open conversations where everything can be asked and discussed.

The Human Library is originally a Danish idea that allows people from different backgrounds to come into contact with each other. At the Human Library, the ‘books’ are people who are often associated with a certain stereotype but who are willing to share their own life stories. The stereotype that people have to deal with is described in the book title and the ‘book’ tells his or her story to the ‘borrower’.

A wonderful initiative and one you should all take the opportunity to ‘borrow’

Just think how much you could learn and how much you could share. This is a chance min a lifetime event. Take up the challenge and ‘borrow’ a ‘book’

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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