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The Living Library is an interactive event that brings the human dimension to the idea of diversity. We organise the Living Library and select unique ‘books’ for it in order to offer ‘readers’ the experience of dialogue and awareness of how the life of a real person representing a certain vulnerable social group differs from our preconceptions about it.
The COVID-19 epidemic has made vulnerability and insecurity of the people whose stories can be witnessed in the Living Library’s catalogue even clearer. That’s why we decided to bring the Living Library online and provide space for acquaintance with these stories and promoting tolerance in our society.
The ‘books’ are children and adults who often become the objects of prejudices and stereotypes in our society: representatives of LGBTQ+, feminists and pro-feminist men, vegans, women working in law enforcement, teenagers who are experienced in project organisation, parents who support their lesbian daughter, dark-skinned people or people with disabilities, such as a blind journalist or an advocate in a wheelchair, activists working with the homeless, and others.
We invite ‘readers’ from 27 April to 2 May, 3–6 p.m. to Zoom!
How does the online Living Library happen?
The ‘readers’ should follow certain guidelines both in face-to-face and online reading:
The first Living Library (Human Library) emerged in 2000 in Denmark at the Roskilde music festival. Its concept was developed by the Danish youth NGO ‘Stop the Violence’. Since then, the idea became very popular and was introduced also in Ukraine.
The Living Library breaks walls between people through communication. You should only try!
If you have any questions or suggestions, you can contact the Living Library coordinator Yana Salakhova – firstname.lastname@example.org.