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Books brought to life in library event

PUBLISHED: 15:48 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:59 30 June 2010

Books will come to life in libraries across Norfolk next week.

A unique mobile library service is to loan out real people with a tale to tell. Their true-life stories might include tragedy, mystery or romance, but all will be fact not fiction.

Books will come to life in libraries across Norfolk next week.

A unique mobile library service is to loan out real people with a tale to tell. Their true-life stories might include tragedy, mystery or romance, but all will be fact not fiction.

Norfolk is at the centre of the Human Library movement in Britain and next week the country's first mobile Human Library hits the road.

People in Great Yarmouth, Thetford, Dereham, Cromer, King's Lynn and Norwich will be able to browse, “borrow” a book and enjoy up to half an hour's conversation with their chosen title. Every “book” will have a refugee theme as the library is part of national Refugee Week.

People who have fled their home country because of war, violence and political persecution will be telling their stories.

Hear about the remarkable life of the 14-year-old who walked across Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and Holland to try and escape the Nazis, and who became the only member of his entire extended family of parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins to survive the Holocaust.

There will also be “books” who have found sanctuary in Britain from modern day war and violence, plus people who can talk about working with today's refugees and asylum seekers.

Just like at the real library, there is no charge to borrow a living library book, and “readers” can simply turn up at Yarmouth Library from 1-3pm on Tuesday.

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