This is an international event where we gather volunteers to be “Human Books. They will, in their lives, have experienced or are experiencing some form of prejudice or discrimination. Others will have accomplished something extraordinary. Readers are invited to drop in and challenge their own perceptions of other members of the community. It’s free, open to all ages and you don’t need a library card.
The following people (see list on the other side) have agreed to be “Human Books” and will chat with you in a one-on-one conversation for a fifteen minute session. You can register for the people you want to talk to, at the registration desk in the lobby of the Arts & Culture Centre starting at 1:00. The conversation area will be on the Upper Concourse.
There will be a supervised reading area set up so that children can be entertained while you are talking. Readers may include Ryan Snodden or Zach Goudie.
CBC and the library will have prize draws throughout the afternoon. The main prize is a KoboGlo ereader, supplied by the CBC, please fill out a ballot when you register. The winner will be announced on Monday’s
CBC Morning Show.
The Library will also provide a desk where you can register for a free library card. We will demonstrate our eLibrary service which allows you to download free audiobooks and ebooks from our website. In the library (on the 2nd floor) there will be a display of books/DVDs on the topics/issues presented by the “Human Books”.
Check out the CBC website to see the “Human Books” and to read their bios:
The international website for the Human Library is:
January 26, 2013
If you have questions, please call Jewel at 737-3432.
List of Volunteer “Human Books”
- Anthony Germain, St. John's Morning Show host and former foreign correspondent, CBC
- Azzo Rezori, reporter, CBC
- Jane Adey, reporter, CBC
- T.A. Loeffler, adventurer and mountain climber
- Kaif Khan, Muslim woman and student at Memorial University
- James Moriarty, female to male transgender man
- Geoff Carnell, funeral home director
- John Prior, recovering drug, alcohol, gambling addict
- Captain Matt Westcott, Canadian Armed Forces, served a six-month tour in Afghanistan in 2011
- Captain Dale Canning, Firefighter first responder
- John Wejitu Jeddore. Mik'maq Aboriginal Students' Representative Canadian Federation of Students, NL
- Amy Hudson, Metis from Black Tickle, Labrador, now working with aboriginal students at Memorial University
- Alan Hillier, Bayman Muslim
- Ellen Ford, Inuit from Nain