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While some libraries are ditching their books in favor of the laptops, e-readers, and mp3 players, there’s one library that believes stories are much better shared when they come from the source. At the Human Library, you actually borrow people.

The concept is simple - instead of checking out a book, you “borrow” a person who has stories to tell gathered from a unique life experience. For half an hour, you can sit down with someone like a prostitute, a politician, or a funeral director, all of whom have incredible stories to share.. and unlike a book, they’re able to answer your questions and tailor the storytelling experience to you.

The unique idea to check out humans started in Denmark in 2000 as way to curb youth violence, and has since grown into an international project to promote compassion, understanding, and knowledge between people of all kinds. The project has worked so well that some cities have even set up permanent, award-winning libraries. The first US Human Library came to the Santa Monica Public Library in 2009. kinja.com
Royce and Keri Young welcomed their second child — a little girl — earlier this week, but were forced to quickly say their goodbyes as the infant died due to a rare, deadly disorder. The Oklahoma couple made headlines earlier this year after revealing that they had decided to carry their daughter, Eva, to term, despite the fact that she’d likely only live for just a few hours.

“We said hello and goodbye to our sweet Eva yesterday,” Keri wrote of her daughter alongside an Instagram photo of herself and her family in a hospital bed. “She was so perfect in her own little way.”

The Youngs learned in December that Eva had Anencephaly, a rare condition in which an infant is missing the cortex of their brain. However, Keri planed to carry the child to term, and donate the baby’s organs to children in need. In the Instagram photo, Keri sported a big smile as she held what appeared to be little Eva wrapped in a blanket. Beside her, Royce sat with a grin while he held the couple’s young son.

“She’s gonna do more in her 24 hours or whatever than maybe we’ll ever do in our lives,” Royce told ABC News in a March interview on Good Morning America. “To be able to remember our daughter in that way is pretty powerful.” people.com
In a year which has seen Africa’s biggest economies falter as the rhetoric of a boom has been questioned, data from the WHO’s World Health Statistics 2016 report shows a much-needed positive: life expectancy on the continent is better than it was in 2000. While the report shows a global spike in life expectancy across the various regions, Africa has gained the most increase with life expectancy up 9.4 years between 2000 and 2015.

Africa’s improvement in life expectancy was the biggest increase recorded across all the regions. This increase, WHO says, is mainly down to the success recorded in the continent’s fight with the AIDS epidemic. After resulting in a severe decline in life expectancy on the continent in the 1990s, improved access to treatment for the virus has aided the reversal of the trend. Also attributed as a reason for the improvement in life expectancy has been the progress in malaria control and treatment. With as many as six African nations possibly getting rid of the disease by 2020 and malaria mortality rates falling by 66% across all age groups, the continent is on course to eliminate the disease faster than expected. The continent’s progress is highlighted by another fact: of the 37 countries that have recorded a 10% increase in life expectancy, 30 are in Africa, according to World Bank data. qz.com
Dr. Dan Harrahill was well known and liked in his Nebraska town, where he delivered hundreds of babies and treated countless patients over his 18-year career. So, when word spread that the father of four’s colon cancer had taken a turn for the worse, and that he might not live to see his daughter’s June wedding or son’s high school graduation, the community of St. Paul stepped up.

On March 24, a day after 52-year-old Harrahill learned his cancer was inoperable, it took friends and family three hours to arrange a graduation ceremony for his son Noah followed by a wedding for his daughter Emilia to her now-husband Kyle Harshman at CIH Health St. Francis Hospital. Family members made the last-minute arrangements for travel, flowers, music and a caterer.

“Social media can do wonderful things, and they used it to get everyone there,” Rev. Ray Kosmicki, one of the two priests who officiated Emilia and Kyle’s wedding. foxnews.com