Books on loan

Turning  the pages of a book takes us deep into the lives and stories of others. This Saturday, at the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market a unique library of books will be on loan to marketgoers for a read during the morning.

Ten years ago, the Launceston Human Library evolved from a desire to break down stereotypes and challenge prejudice in a positive way. An initiative of the Launceston City Council in partnership with LINC and the community, the Living Library, as it was first known, was about sharing neighbourhood stories and building a cohesive community.

The human library is a “simple way to develop understanding of others”. It is a unique program that originated in Denmark to build a positive environment where conversations can challenge prejudices and promote dialogue and diversity.

So, do not judge the books by their covers. Immerse yourself in a read and learn the stories of real people who are willing to loan themselves to the community so that people can get to know one another and discover who their neighbours really are.

The books cover a diverse range of topics and challenge perceptions on disability, warfare, immigration, depression, culture, gender, parenting and being a teenager. As a reader, you can enter the story by asking the human books questions.

Speak to the librarians or volunteers if you would like to join the library or take a deep breath and immerse yourself in the stories of others. Sharing experiences is a powerful way of promoting understanding and knowledge.

The Human Library will be at Harvest Launceston from 10 am to 12 pm with the following books coming along to tell their story

CHALLENGE OF LIFE IN A WHEELCHAIR, The – How a spinal trauma changed my life overnight  
CLIMBING MOUNT KILIMANJARO, 1969 – Both a physical and a cultural adventure!
DISABILITY CAN’T STOP ME I am able to live independently, partly because my parents never gave up on me.
FINDING MY WAY – Just trying to find my way as a blind person 
FRENCH FOR EVER? When people work out I am French, do they see the real me or the stereotypes they may have formed on the French?
LIVING WITH A GUIDE DOG – Since my new friend’s arrival, my daily life has changed for the best. Of course, it has come with a surprise or two…
LIVING WITH APARTHEID – have you ever wondered what it was like?… I lived in South Africa during the apartheid era. I had a first hand experience of apartheid
MAKING AUSTRALIA MY NEW HOME – I came from Germany to Australia in 1952, to work on the Trevallyn Hydro scheme, and later worked as an Ansett employee. I have had varied life experiences.
MIGRATING FROM AFGHANISTAN: making a life in Tasmania