I know the idea of living libraries has been around for a few years, but I just love this concept of promoting understanding through personal interaction. Copenhagen’s has a refugee who lived in a shipping container, an ex-stripper, and a beat cop. What a great way to widen your horizons and to possibly hear some very entertaining stories completely alien to our “normal” lives (well at least mine).
How about roping in a homeless person who frequents your library to let people know how lucky they are and promote empathy? Or enlist a fireman or a dental assistant or a member of the armed services so people contemplating a new career can find out what it’s really like to be in the airforce (or in people’s mouths all day) before they commit their money and/or themselves to pursuing work in a new field they might hate? Librarians could check out seniors or teens or Latinos and grill them on what types of programming we should be offering for them. And you know little kids would adore listening to the tales of daily life of a race car driver or veterinarian or cowboy or beauty queen. Aspiring mystery authors could get help writing books from cops and private investigators.
Don’t know about you, but I really want to talk to that ex-stripper.