A Human Library event is taking place to mark the International Day of Disabled People.
After the success of the events in June and October, Bolton Central Library is holding another human library on Friday (December 3) from 2pm until 4pm.
The event, forming part of the International Day of Disabled People, provides an opportunity for people to learn more about the current issues faced by people who have a disability.
Books will be replaced with people for the afternoon; and people can ‘read’ their chosen ‘book’ for fifteen or twenty minutes at a time in the library. People will be able to have a one-to-one chat with someone with a disability and learn more about their experiences.
The idea is that people can ‘borrow’ another person – just like a library book – for a set period of time and get to know them, their background, culture and beliefs.
Developed ten years ago in Denmark, Human Library events give people the chance to sit down and talk about their differences in a positive way, breaking down barriers and understanding diversity.
The concept has grown in popularity across the world and Bolton will offer people the chance to choose from a catalogue of human books and learn something new.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “The Human Library offers a rare chance for people to learn about others and their experiences.
“It’s a great way of breaking down barriers and understanding different people and I hope people will take the time to get to know someone from the wider community.”
The event is free and there is no need to book. Light refreshments are provided and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.