How much time will I need to invest?
Ideally, you can spare at least a half day a month, around 10 times per year. We understand that you may not be able to do all the event dates you are offered.
Readings can take place at schools and universities, organisations and libraries, events and even in public spaces. Most will be on weekdays, or occasionally there may be a weekend request. Usually 4 or more books will attend and speak to each group of readers as they rotate to hear each book speak. A group reading session will usually require around 1.5 -2hrs.
How do I know when a reading is occurring?
A Librarian from the Living Library of Launceston will let you know in advance of an upcoming reading opportunity. In the unusual situation where a book becomes unavailable for their booking, we may ask if you are able to assist with a short-notice booking to share your story.
Will my experience be of interest to readers?
We will usually know in advance if there is a readership for your story. Our Librarians can help you sort out your story content and your reader appeal. If you have any questions or doubts your Librarians are always there to help you.
Is being a Book a volunteer position?
Yes - Books in the Living Library Launceston are volunteers who are motivated by chance to speak/explain/clarify/diversify the views and ideas about the group in the community that they represent on the Bookshelf.
By being a volunteer in the Living Library you get to be part of a group of people who promote diversity and actively grow new understanding and perceptions in our community.
You get to learn about other people who have experienced marginalisation, stigma or discrimination. You will meet other people who will inspire you and lift you up. You will grow your local networks. You will gain insights into what others think and believe. You might even gain an increased understanding of yourself.
Who will take care of me?
Your friendly Living Librarians are there to help ensure that you have a good experience every time you are published. Librarians also keep an eye on readers to provide support if needed.
‘Rules for Readers’ - what are they?
Rules for Readers: Value your time with a Book, and respect each Book.
Curiosity is encouraged and will often be rewarded with additional insights. Return the book on time and in good condition. Both the book and the reader can end the loan at any time during the session.
When and where will the events be?
Events can take place at schools and universities, organisations and libraries, events and even in public spaces. Most will be on weekdays, or occasionally there may be a weekend request. We understand that most books will not be able to contribute every time. You should receive a Book Request some weeks in advance by email including the date, time of arrival, and organisation's venue address. Confirm with your Librarian know as soon as possible that you can do the reading.
Do I need to attend all the events?
You only need to attend the events that you are able to make time for, and where your story has been requested by a Librarian. We are not able to publish all of our library's books at all of the events.
The agreement we have with our partner venue is based on your commitment. We need to be able to depend on you. If you fail to attend an event you committed to, it impact the quality of experience for our other books and for our readers.
How do I register my interest?
First, decide if you think this is something for you. If so, fill in the contact form and tell us why you would like to meet Readers and let us know about the experiences you have to share.
After you express interest to be a Book within the Launceston Living Library, we will reach out to meet with you.
If it seems like a good fit, then you will be invited to attend a Living Library session and receive mentoring to help you prepare. Please note that some Books are highly in demand and some take longer to be requested.