CNC checks out ‘living books’

A living library is putting a face to homelessness, addiction and arranged marriages as locals have a chance to check-out people for frank conversations about their experiences.

The College of New Caledonia's Diversity Living Library will offer up 14 people to be "checked out" on Thursday afternoon.

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People with diverse cultural, racial and social backgrounds will be available for the 15-minute exchanges.

Romana Pasca, the organizer, said the event's about creating global citizenship and a deeper appreciation of the diversity in the community.

"It's a chance to open up a dialogue in the CNC community around life experiences," Pasca said. "The challenges and stereotypes experienced by those around us can often go unnoticed, and sometimes the only way to understand is to engage in real conversations with people from all walks of life."

The human catalogue also includes a gen-x feminist, an elder, an aboriginal single mother and a full-time student living with chronic illness.

The Diversity Living Library, a free event, is open from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the CNC Gathering Place.

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