Human Library


Support our students by speaking to them!

On May 13th, 2022, as a part of the school day, we will be hosting alum to speak to current Glebe students as part of a Human Library event.

We want you to share your experience and knowledge. A Human Library is an oral interactive presentation, where instead of reading a book the “reader” hears from you directly. The “readers” would be a class of current Glebe students. Your presentation would take about 30 minutes, including a question-and-answer period.

We’d love for alumni to speak to students about one or all of the following topics:

  • your career
  • your volunteer work
  • an experience (e.g., starting a company, working overseas, navigating university with a physical disability, etc.)
  • an achievement (e.g., a book you’ve written, a project you’ve completed)
  • a lesson you’ve learned

We can help by giving you questions ahead of time to answer during your talk.

The presentation may be virtual. There may be an option for in-person presentations, depending on COVID-19 restrictions in May 2022.

Human Library Application

i.e., science, math, business, technology, computer sciences, English, French, music, art, geography, history, physical education or any class

We’ll give you questions to use as prompts to guide your talk. Students will be interested in hearing about how you came to your career or experience, what you like about it, what a typical day is like, what were the challenges, how you overcame them and what were the highlights of this experience.

Often you have something that you’ve learned in your career that will be interesting to share. Or, maybe you do volunteer work that you want to talk about. There are also experiences that students want to hear about, such as rearing puppies to become guide dogs, building a house or attending a climate change conference.

No, you can speak to the class virtually through Google Meet or Zoom.

It would be in the afternoon of Friday, May 13, probably sometime between 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. (School ends at 3 p.m.)

Yes! In some cases, students may provide questions ahead of time. 

Yes. The teacher will be in the classroom at all times.

Yes!  Please provide us with some details and we can follow up with you directly.

This event is meant to promote your experiences and knowledge to our current students.  We’ll let you know about Ottawa-Carleton Board of Education policies about advertising.

Yes, we’ll provide you of all the details ahead of time.

It would be best if it was live, but we can discuss a recorded presentation with the teacher.