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Human Library 2018 Event Logistics

The Human Library 2018 will take place on Thursday, April 12th 2018. The joint CB and SWL event will be held at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School for the 4th time, and students from Colonel By and Sir Wil will participate. Students have access to a variety of “human books” throughout the day and will sign up in advance for 30 minute sessions to have discussions with the books of their choice. Tables in the gym are colour-coded by book category.


Schedule – Morning

8:00 – 9:00 Arrival of Guests
8:45 – 9:10 Arrival of Students
9:15 Opening Remarks & Performance

Opening Performance:  Lucas Haneman

  • Short recorded message from Rick Mercer.

9:30 – 10:00 Session 1
10:00 – 10:30 Session 2
10:30 – 10:45 Break (for guests)
10:45 – 11:15 Session 3
11:15 – 12:15 Lunch Provided for all Guests (morning & afternoon)

Schedule – Afternoon

12:15 – 12:30 Performance

Hip Hop Performance

Temi Ambrose

12:30 – 1:00 Session 1
1:00 – 1:30 Session 2
1:30 – 1:45 Break (for guests)
1:45 – 2:15 Session 3
2:15 Brief Closing Remarks and Thank You

All session times include travel time. There will be an announcement each session urging participants to wrap up and head to their next book.

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Our Welcome Video from Rick Mercer:


I will forever treasure the moments with the students. They were engaged, respectful, and had such great questions. It is so important that I begin and keep the dialogue going surrounding residential schools and how to work toward healing and reconciliation as a Nation….I left the event with so much faith in our next generation. It was also an honour to meet so many other books.

– Jenny Sutherland

I appreciate being asked and was happy to share the journey with the students.

– Stuntman Stu

I was “star struck” by how poised you were (Taylor Griffith) and how engaged and inspiring every one of the students were. I would love to return next year.

– Dr. Jack Kitts

What a wonderful event you have put together. I was delighted to be invited to participate.

– Lawrence Greenspon

There’s something for every personality and I hope the students left feeling inspired – I know that I was inspired by them. They were inquisitive and intelligent, respectful and open-minded.

– Rebecca Potter (Risk Reduction Unit)