Canadas first on-going Human Library is opening its doors to readers in the small town of Medicine Hat, founded 1901 with approximately 60.000 residents.
The local organizers has setup a book pool with books on call for reservations. So after the initial launch event, readers can reserve books for future conversations to happen on an individual basis at Medicine Hat Public Library. Making it an on-going service of the library.
The college and public library will also have “book dummies” – vhs cases with cover art and inserts with details – in the shelves in the appropriate subject areas so that patrons browsing a topic on the shelves can discover a person who is willing to talk about the topic from first hand experience.
A list of books so far include:
Heavily tattooed folks, people who do research using laboratory animals, undertakers, end of life decision making in ICU and organ donation decisions, defining criminality (John Howard Society), adventure traveling (how adventurous do you really need to be?), the gay, a transgender and a muslim.
As always the services of the Human Library is free to readers.