Human Library. Real People. Real Conversations.
What’s a Human Library? Instead of taking a book off a shelf, you spend time with a person – a human ‘book’. Ask that person some questions and learn more about his or her life.
On Saturday, January 26, you can meet and have a conversation with 'human books'. Eight people will be available for loans of 20 minutes each at the Mary J. L. Black branch of the Thunder Bay Public Library. CBC Thunder Bay and the TBPL have teamed up to bring you this unique experience. Below are the ‘books’ participating in the Human Library. Click on them for a sneak preview of their stories.
Well known for her leadership, and community involvement, Reena Legarde understands the challenges facing Aboriginal Youth. Reena is part of the Youth Advisory Committee of Thunder Bay's Urban Aboriginal Strategy. She's also involved in efforts to combat substance abuse and serves as chair of the regional chapter of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Reena also works in the community with youth on probation.
In the late 80s Maria fled civil-war torn Guatamala with her husband and children. They spent several years in Mexico before travelling north to Canada, and arriving in Thunder Bay. Knowing very little English, they began the work of building a new home. She has worked at the DOORS to New Life Refugee Centre and currently works at Faye Peterson Transition House.
Marlene is a member of Fort William First Nation, but she’s always lived in town. She did a lot of work to improve supports for First Nations people in the city. She’s well known as an activist for First Nations women and children in particular. These days she focuses on her family, and passing on her culture to her grandkids.