by Margo Haygoodings

Staff at The Mississippi Mills Public Library at both Almonte and Pakenham Branches are excited to be offering its first HUMAN LIBRARY EXPERIENCE on Saturday, May 3rd in conjunction with all five libraries in Lanark County and the United Way.

The idea of a Human Library is to “check out” a person as you would a book for a half hour of honest and open one-on-one dialogue. The original concept was to encourage dialogue among people who might otherwise not come into frequent contact, thereby breaking down barriers in society.  More recently, the concept has broadened to include anyone with an interesting story to tell.  These 30 minute meetings between human books and members of the public happen at the library in public spaces so there are no concerns about discussions getting out of hand.

WE NEED YOUR HELP.  If you have any suggestions for people you think would be interesting to have a conversation with or if you have a life experience that you would like to share  please contact Pam Harris or Margo Hay-Goodings at the Almonte Branch Library at 613-256-1037 or pharris@mississippimills.ca or mhaygoodings@mississippimills.ca or Tammy Langstaff at the Pakenham Branch at 613-624-5306 tlangstaff@mississippimills.ca

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