Human Library Stories [Video] | CBC #libraries #documentaries #culture #stereotypes #society


http://www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=2674238485

This 45-minute documentary delves into the stories of the human books who participated in the CBC’s Human Library project…. SOURCE: Human Library Stories | Absolutely Ottawa | CBC Player

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