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Living books offer insight into the lives of others


Kogarah Library is set to transform into a ‘Living Library’ for Harmony Day on 21 March 2019, where visitors can ‘borrow’ a person, instead of a book.

Celebrating Harmony Day, the Living Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that challenge assumptions, prejudices and stereotypes.

Library-goers can register to be 'readers' and borrow one or more living books for up to half an hour. The event offers an opportunity for community members to ask questions and gain insight into other people’s life experiences.

The diverse range of living books available includes Ben Austin, who overcame discrimination to become one of Australia's most successful Paralympian swimmers. Ben is now a motivational speaker who shares his inspiring journey with others.

Readers can also spend time talking with proud Wailwan woman, Aunty Jo, to learn about her life. As a child Aunty Jo lived at the Beemunnel Reserve before being sent away to a girl's home at the age of six. She has worked in a range of jobs in Aboriginal welfare, and is active on Council's Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

Prominent member of the LGBTQIA community Nathan Powter will also be ‘on the bookshelf’ for Harmony Day. Nathan is also known as Charisma Belle, a talented dancer, producer, choreographer and actress, who has performed at Sydney Mardi Gras and venues throughout Australia.

The Living Libraries event aims to celebrate and promote diversity and encourage understanding and respect.

Event details
Date: Thursday 21 March 2019
Time: 12.30pm-2.30pm
Address: Kogarah Library and Service Centre, Kogarah Town Square Belgrave Street, Kogarah Cost: Free Bookings essential:
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