This Sunday, instead of going to the library, you can borrow a person to answer all your queries. This breakthrough idea of a Human Library will be implemented in the national capital this weekend. The concept allows you to borrow a ‘human book’ for 20 minutes who will be answering your questions.
The practice was originally started in Denmark in 2000 by Ronni Abergel in order to bring a social change and encourage conversation around marginalised communities. Till now, the Human Library movement has expanded to around 80 countries and in India, it was first introduced in Hyderabad. After that, it was introduced In Mumbai.
According to book depot manager of the Delhi chapter, Neha Singh, the first event will include books from 11 different categories. It will range from a recovering drug abuser to Buddhism and how a tea-seller turned author to the female solo traveller. It also includes stories on cancer survivors, bullying victim and a history chronicler.
In the Human Library, even known figures in their respective fields have participated.
Singh expects 500-600 at the first event, in which she has partnered with.
The Human Library, Delhi, opens on June 18, from 2 pm to 7 pm at Innov8, Connaught Place. The event is free for all. Book slots will be given on first come, first served basis.