Sunday, June 15, 2014

The “Human Library” returns to Ottawa

I received this press release yesterday -

“The popular Human Library returns to the Museum on June 21 and 22 with 15 new living books full of fascinating stories about conflict.

Human Libraries provide an exciting opportunity for members of the public to connect one-on-one with individuals willing to share their diverse life experiences, stories and knowledge. Visitors check out a selection, just like at a public library, and spend 20 minutes in conversation to learn more about that person’s particular experience. 

Meet Ted Zuber, a sniper who served in the Korean War and was a commissioned artist in the Gulf War. 

Ask spouses John and Raymonde Davidson about their very different perspectives on his service as a peacekeeper in the former Yugoslavia. 

Find out about the long and varied military career of Gordon Ohlke, who trained in intelligence analysis and psychological operations, and learned Russian along the way. 

Hear Major Jon Hamilton describe the day he led a group of 14 soldiers on an assault against 150–200 Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in 2006. 

Discover from Laurent Beaulieu what it was like to live under the constant threat of violence during missions in Kuwait and Sudan. 

Learn why Rachel Collishaw, a history teacher at Glebe Collegiate, won the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching for her unique Second World War memorial project. 

And many more…!” 

For a full list of titles and more information about the living books in the Canadian War Museum’s Human Library, please visit

Registration opens in the Museum Lobby at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 2014.