The CBC Human Library at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre on Jan. 26 will give you an opportunity to sit down and have a one-on-one conversation with a person you may not ordinarily get to meet.

However, sitting down with a total stranger and striking up a conversation can be difficult — if not downright awkward — for many people. 

Our CBC Human Library books are people who are willing and open to have conversations, and they will do their best to make you feel comfortable while you have a chat with them. 

But in case you're wondering how to start off your conversations with our Human Library books, here are some sample questions that you might use to break the ice courtesy of our CBC colleagues in Ottawa.

Why did you decide to become a Human Library book today?

Could you tell me about yourself?

What experience has had the most impact on making you the person you are today?

What is a typical day like for you?

Do you wish you could go back in time to change a decision you made? Any regrets?

What were some of the more difficult aspects of your life? What made it difficult?

What's a good thing happening in your life right now? What makes it good?

Do you have any advice for someone going through a situation similar to yours?