Thursday, 19 February 2015

Book the Hobart Human Library to visit your class

Contact: Helen Hortle, A Fairer World
p: 6223 1025   e:

Date: Terms 1 & 2, 2015        Contact us about a booking now
Location: Greater Hobart area; Launceston

Intended Audience: Grades 5-12

"I have found these sessions to be engaging and very personally inspirational. This is such priceless, rich learning that gets to the heart of what it means to be loved and accepted by everyone in a tolerant world." Janet Johnson, Teacher, Claremont College

The Hobart Human Library is like any other library – except the books are real, living people!
Human libraries are used around the world as an effective, interactive tool for building empathy to reduce discrimination and bullying.

They do this by providing a comfortable space for 'readers' to speak informally with a 'book' who has encountered prejudice or stereotyping because of their culture, religion, refugee background, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability.

All books are trained so that they are confident in telling their story and dealing with the usual range of questions from readers.

The 'human books for schools' workshop is run like a 'speed dating' forum, with groups of 3-5 students reading a 'book' for 12 minutes then moving on to another book.

Workshops are 90 - 120 minutes with 4 - 6 books. Short introduction and debrief sessions ensure that participants have an opportunity to discuss the links between stereotyping and discrimination.

Our librarians facilitate and supervise all events, and reading is based on mutual respect: all books must be returned in the same condition in which they were borrowed.

See the attached flyer for links to educational priorities and curriculum.

"Finding out about the books was cool, when Alphonse told us about the instances that he was discriminated against, I really felt for him, the human library allows you to get on a more personal level and in turn understand more." Grade 8 student, Rose Bay High School

"Living the experience of the Human Book, I can now really appreciate the value." Minister for Education and Skills, the Hon Jeremy Rockliff

COST (inclusive of 10% GST which can generally be claimed back)
Member: $495 (funding assistance may be available)
Non-member: $605

Find the Hobart Human Library on Facebook or for more information contact:
Helen Hortle, Coordinator
A Fairer World
4 Battery Square
Battery Point, TAS, 7004
P: 6223 1025, E:

The Hobart Human Library is a project of A Fairer World and community partners 
including Hobart Women's Shelter, Amnesty International, Anglicare Tasmania, 
Working It Out, LINC Tasmania and the Office of The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner.