My conversation "Don't judge a book by the cover -The Human Library" shares our experience of hosting a Human Library at the International School of Estonia for the lower school students. I will be a book on loan titled "Human library-what, why, how: running a successful living library in lower school" telling a story about our challenges and successes hopefully inspiring others to give this exciting learning format a try.
The Human Library works exactly as a normal library – readers come and borrow a “Book” for a limited period of time. After reading it they return the Book to the library. There is one difference: the Books in the library are human beings, and the Books and readers enter into a personal dialogue. The aim of a Human Library is to start a conversation that can challenge stereotypes and prejudice through personal dialogue. The Human Library is a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.
This sound intriguing and pretty big... for the lower school.
I was challenged to make this format work for the younger readers. I defined the Human Library for the young readers as a verbal heritage tool, a way to share our stories, culture, hobbies, interests, skills in a real face to face situation, to learn from each other and about each other.
I am glad about the opportunity to share our experiences and at the same time learning from my colleagues and fellow librarians.
|The very first ISE Human Library during sport themed "Healthy Mind in Healthy Body" Book Week, school year 2013-2014|
|Human Library during the Book Week "We All Speak Music" dedicated to music, school year 2014-2015|
|Human Library hosted during Science week, school year 2015-2016|