Library stocks up on ‘human’ books

EXPERTS replaced books for the day as students enjoyed interactive learning at Great Cornard library.

The facility in Head Lane was visited by five different experts last month, during a “human library” event.

Around 120 pupils from Great Cornard Upper School were given advice about safety and well-being, including alcohol awareness, sexual health and drugs.

Throughout the event students gathered in small groups to discuss the relative issues with respective experts, before being given the chance to ask questions.

Heather Welch, library manager, said: “It was fantastic. The students learned some great lessons and we had lots of positive feedback.”

Among the experts present were officers from Sudbury Police, support workers and a woman who told students about her experiences of living with bipolar disease.

David Grimmer, mental health and wellbeing co-ordinator for Suffolk libraries, said: “The human book made a real difference to students opinions and ideas.

“A lot was learned in an inventive and different way.”

The human library event is due to be repeated at the library in December.