A National Human Library across Canada will take place Jan. 26, and we're inviting you to take part.

CBC, in partnership with local libraries and cultural centres, has asked local volunteers with a wide range of life experiences to act as human "books" and be available for one-on-one conversations about their lives.

The Newfoundland and Labrador event will be held at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre, in partnership with the A.C. Hunter Public Library from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Human Library concept was developed in Denmark, and human libraries have taken place all over the world.

We hope the CBC Human Library will give you a chance to have a conversation with a person that you might not have ordinarily met or on a topic that you might not ordinarily get to explore. 

It's free, open to all ages, and you don't need a library card.

The CBC and the A.C. Hunter Public Library will have lots of activities and material on site for you to explore between conversations. 

You can also take part in an online CBC Human Library event from anywhere starting at 12:30 p.m. NT on CBC's Human Library website. Here is a gallery of the human "books" confirmed for the St. John's human library so far.

For more information on the Canada-wide event, you can check our national website here.