Human library to enlighten 'readers' comes to Bath
A mobile library where the books are replaced by people representing different difficult subjects is coming to Bath.
Homelessness charity Julian House has organised a human library event in the city centre on Saturday.
The event in the SouthGate centre will be the latest in an international movement, which started in Denmark more than a decade ago, aimed at breaking down prejudice and ignorance.
Instead of books, people representing various topics such as depression, homelessness or asylum-seeking make themselves available for conversation.
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Readers are helped to choose a title, are introduced to the book, and a volunteer reads the movement's Rights of the Book and Reader, which says that both parties have the right to be treated with respect, and the right to end the conversation.
The idea is that no question should be off-limits, and that people feel liberated to ask questions they may feel unable to pose in normal circumstances.
Julian House has teamed up with other agencies in the city to put on the event.
Its day centre co-ordinator Clare Emery said: "Events like this in other parts of the country and worldwide have been hugely successful.
"It's a really easy environment where the audience, or readers as we call them, can gain an insightful view about sometimes sensitive subjects like depression or homelessness, or something more mundane like being a redhead. They may want to borrow a book like asylum seeker or Muslim or HIV+ because they want to know more about the subject."
Following the conversation, the reader is asked to complete a short book review and encouraged to borrow again.
The human library takes place on the shopping centre green, between 11am and 4pm.
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