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One for the books ... Stephanie Herring (left) and Mihaela Erdelyi are encouraging people to come to the Gore Library tonight to take part in a "human library". PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

People and not books will be issued as part of a Southland Heritage Month activity tonight at the Gore Library.

The event has been organised by Gore Library staff, migrant services co-ordinator Mihaela Erdelyi and Gore Historical Museum curator Stephanie Herring.

Ms Herring said the “Human Library” was a first for Gore.

“Instead of borrowing a book from the library, you borrow a human being – except you can’t take them out of the library.

“You get this opportunity to sit down and have a chat with people you might not get to meet in your daily life and learn something new.”

Patrons would have the chance to talk to people including Mataura Historical Society member Edna McKelvie, Hokonui Tramping Club member Murray Speden and Heritage South chairwoman Rachael Egerton for 10 minutes at a time.

“It’s very low-key and a great way to learn about our living history.”

Other activities during Heritage Month included a treasure hunt for children in the Gore arts and heritage precinct, Ms Herring said.

Tours of the Eastern Southland Art Gallery and the Gore Historical Museum would be held on March 20.

At present she was putting together an exhibition called Eclectic Gold, Ms Herring said.

“That’s celebrating the Gore District Historical Society’s 50th birthday.”

  • Heritage Month activities can be found in a booklet available from the precinct or on the Heritage South Facebook page.