Living Library encourages chatter

Brendan Kergin, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω

TRU's Living LIbrary gave books, such these pictured in the TRU Library, a rest. - Photo courtesy Thompson Rivers University

TRU’s Living Library gave books, such these pictured in the TRU Library, a rest. – Photo courtesy Thompson Rivers University

Books aren’t the only things in libraries and as part of this year’s International Days a Living Library was included on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

“Living Library is a chance for people to borrow people rather than books and to have conversations, foster cultural understanding and share experiences,” said Elizabeth Rennie, a TRU librarian and one of the organizers of the event.

The Living Library was set up in the Campus Activity Centre rotunda. The set up included short bios on the conversationalists available and a series of tables for the informal talks. The people set up to chat with attendees included TRU employees and students with a wide variety of backgrounds.

“We’ve had seven people sign up as books and they’ve been busy talking to people all morning,” Rennie said.

The event was organized by Rennie and fellow TRU librarian Wendy Lehar.

“I think it’s a chance for people to meet other people; talk to people you otherwise might not cross paths with,” Rennie said. “This is something that’s done at other libraries around the world, so we wanted to give it a try at TRU.”

The Living Library was based on the Human Library (humanlibrary.org), an organization that has its origins based in a Danish anti-violence campaign. The goal of the original Human Library was to bring understanding, thereby lessening violence.