In today’s scenario, where we hardly have time to know our co-workers, neighbours or acquaintances well, a social movement is here to challenge prejudice against social contact among people. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. The concept might be new in India but it was started by Ronni Abergel in 2000 at Copenhagen and is currently active in over 60 countries. The primary aim is to stop violence and building a framework for conversations that challenge stereotypes and prejudices, all in the hope of forming deeper human connections.
In India, the concept of Human Library started with Hyderabad and now it is set to make an appearance in Chennai. Sailakshmi KV, who runs a startup that works on communication skills, has taken the licence to get it started in Chennai. For the first chapter to be held on July 1, which will be held at the British Council, one can borrow from among the 15 ‘books’ (people).
They have a range of books – entrepreneurs, those who have given up high-paying jobs to teach, those who work in slums, transgenders, those who have been sexually abused and many others. Like books, participants of the Human Library can be picked from a list to engage in conversations and share stories on a one-on-one basis and create an impact in the reader’s lives.
Registrations are open for readers until July 1, 10 am. Admission is free. Carry your ID proof. Books can be borrowed on first come first serve basis. Every reader gets 20-30 minutes of reading time. More details here.