KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) - A public library in the southern Polish city of Katowice has swapped books for human volunteers, hoping to provide its visitors with a lesson in diversity and tolerance.
The one-day “Human Library” project last week, initiated by local Bona Fides charity saw 15 volunteers from different backgrounds tell their stories to strangers who would “borrow” them, like books, for a 30-minute chat.
Among them were a black man who came to Poland from South Africa, a transsexual, an imam and a former prison inmate.
“A book doesn’t say everything ... but if you meet a real person who has feelings then they can say more,” imam Abdelwahab Bouali said of the initiative, which has previously taken place elsewhere.
“I hope that the people who I have met changed some of their negative opinions about Islam and other cultures.”
Reporting by Reuters Television; Editing by Alison Williams