This week marks the first ever “Living Hobo” exhibit at the Banned Library. Come down to see and talk to various vagrants and vagabonds that have been invited to pass through our area.
Inspired by Toronto’s
, the Banned Library is looking to take advantage of the unique and interesting stories area hobos have. While these individuals have always frequented the library, this exhibit is simply a way to bring out the creativity that can be found in our lost population.
“Myself and the library staff have nothing at all to do with this,” Evan Banned, director of the library said, “This project stemmed from confusion over a board of directors decision. We have had problems with transients in the past and needed ways to show that while everyone was welcome, no one was allowed to bathe in the bathroom. This matter was confused over the motion that we do a Human Library exhibit where local patrons would be checked out so they could tell their stories to interested parties. The fact that the two were combined and promoted simply scares the crap out of me.”
Centerpiece in the exhibit will be Drunken Hobo Chet, a local transient as famous for his long tales as he is for being so inebriated at the Banned Library Christmas party that he fought Santa Claus, urinated on the choir, and stole a copy of
Anne of Green Gables
. We found DH Chet and he had this to say:
“I’sa gonna tell you a story about the time I lost my eye and had to fight a mule over it. I was right here in this library and this green fairy done come out and she say, ‘Barney!’ (my fairy name’s Barney) ‘Barney,’ she says, ‘I’ma gonna take dat eye and make you fight a mule.’ she says. So I did.”
If you would like to visit the Living Hobo exhibit at the Banned Library, come down any time this week while the doors are open. Participants are asked not to feed the hobos.
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