The Living Library is a tool that seeks to challenge prejudice and discrimination. The concept is of a library that lends people rather than books. The ‘Books’ are people who have experienced prejudice, social exclusion or stigma, and they are ‘borrowed’ by ‘readers’ who can ask any question they like, to both learn about the other person and also challenge their own prejudices. The concept comes from Denmark, where the first living library was held in 2000 by Danish youth organisation Stop the Violence.
The purpose of the event: Living library
Together with Pride Romania, we hosted this event as an opportunity for people in our community to share their personal stories, in a new and impactful way. Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers, we put together a selection of impressive books: from Understanding women issues over time to ensure the future of our daughters, to How does one react when your family and close friends do not approve of who you are, to The early influence of the educational system in gender differences or The Constitutional review referendum.