Media Release

For immediate release January 16, 2013

CBC Nova Scotia partners with Halifax Public Libraries to present Human Library Day

Halifax, NS–When is the last time you interacted with someone from a completely different walk of life? Or had a frank conversation with someone whose life experience is far from your own? On January 26, Haligonians are invited to engage with human “books” from various backgrounds and occupations on National Human Library Day, in partnership with CBC.

“This is a unique opportunity for the public to get to know people they might not normally meet,” says Kathy Large, the CBC Program Manager of Nova Scotia. “CBC Nova Scotia is proud to be able to facilitate such dialogue and encourage understanding of the diverse individuals who make up our communities.”

The Human Library Day event will take place at the Keshen Goodman Public Library, 330 Lacewood Drive in Halifax.

Eighteen people from HRM have volunteered to be a “book” and share their stories with the public. Visitors to the Keshen Goodman Human Library will be able to engage and converse with a variety of individuals, including local firefighter and Camp Courage founder Andrea Speranza, CBC national reporter and world traveler Stephen Puddicombe, and refugee activist and Mount St. Vincent University business student Abshiro Abdille.

“The Human Library is an excellent combination of creativity and knowledge sharing,” says Kathleen Peverill, Community Engagement Director. “Not only does it involve HRM citizens in a fun and interactive way, which we love to do, but its purpose of connecting people is perfectly in synch with the Library’s mission.”

National Human Library Day is a one-day event hosted by local libraries and media and cultural centres across the country, in an effort to help dispel myths and stereotypes by creating an opportunity for one-on-one conversations between people who may never have met otherwise. People from various walks of life, including CBC personalities, will volunteer their time as “books.” Members of the public will have a chance to “check out” a “book” for a 20-minute conversation within the library and ask questions to learn about the person and their extraordinary life.

Complementing the events online, www.cbc.ca/humanlibrary launched on January 4 and features event information, an interactive map and sample feature “books” from across the country. A live digital event on National Human Library Day will extend the conversation. Canadians are also encouraged to engage in conversations on Twitter by using the hashtag #CBCHumanLibrary. A complete list of human books at the Halifax event can be found here: www.cbc.ca/ns/community. Pre-registration is not required.

The Human Library was created by a group of young people in Copenhagen to fight against prejudice. They organized the first Human Library at a festival in 2000. Since then, there have been Human Libraries in 27 countries. CBC is the first broadcaster to be involved as a national media partner and the Halifax Public Libraries are the first and only partner in HRM.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus five languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

About Halifax Public Libraries
Halifax Public Libraries comprises 14 branch libraries, a website, and Books-by-Mail and Home Delivery services. The Library serves a population of approximately 400,000 spread over 5,889 sq. km. The collection consists of more than 1 million items—including books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, and videos.

For more information:

Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605
Email Kasia Morrison

Chantal Bernard
Senior Communications Officer
CBC Nova Scotia
C: 902-233-1964
P: 902.420.4306
Email Chantal Bernard