Don’t judge a book by its cover. First Event: 27th November 2009 10.30 -12 noon.
The Murwillumbah branch of Richmond Tweed Regional Library and Tweed Shire Council will host its first Living Library - a brilliant and light-hearted new project in November 2009. Individuals in the local community will be invited to come forward and nominate themselves to become… a Book! The Living Books choose a title for themselves; ‘Tea Grower’, ‘Professional Athlete,’ ‘Filipino Migrant’, ‘Indigenous Australian’, ‘Adoptee’, for example, then they tell their story to another person - called a Book ‘Borrower’ - sharing their experiences in a safe environment in an informal one on one 30 minute session. The Books are simply asked to be themselves.
The Living Library project was founded in Denmark by the Danish Youth Non-Government Organisation “Stop the Violence”, as a means to increasing understanding between cultural groups. It has been taken up around the world and Lismore launched the first of its kind in Australia in November 2006. The success of the Lismore Living Library project led to funding by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in 2007 to develop a National Living Library Strategy: Living Libraries Australia. For further information about Living Libraries visit www.livinglibrary.org.au.
The project’s goal is to strengthen community, democracy and social justice through: celebrating and promoting diversity, encouraging understanding and respect, breaking down barriers and building bridges, and challenging stereotypes and prejudices.
To register your interest to volunteer as a Living Book please download the form here or alternatively Application Forms will be available at the Library or Council Offices. If you would prefer a copy sent to you by mail, please contact Pamela Veness on (02) 6670 2674.
Murwillumbah’s Human Library Coolamon Cultural Centre
November 2009: Friday 27 November
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