Thursday, May 15, 2008

Living Library - borrow a person!

Fun article about a program at a library in England called the Living Library! A collection of "interesting" persons is developed and cataloged (in the form a handout describing the people who are available to be checked out). The collection in this case is, of course, made up of real people, everyday citizens. Patrons select who they want to check out and have a 1/2 hour to spend talking to that person. Some of the people who were checked out were "Muslim," "Gay Man," and "Alternative Medicine Therapist." The descriptions were comically stereotypical to highlight the interesting lifestyle choices or ideas each "living book" could offer. What a great idea to inspire open-mindedness, critical thinking, and tolerance through the library! Could this work with students???

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