Allayne's visit was inspiring. Students were rapt as she shared the challenges and joys of being an author. She talked to the students about the research she did for her new YA book coming out later this year and how important research has been for her other successful books. Her many anecdotes highlighted the importance of good storytelling and not giving up.
There was a real buzz in the room when Allayne shared her tips for becoming a published author.
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We celebrated Book Week 2017 with our Living Library. I just love organising this event. The Living Books bring a reality to the students that is very powerful and is always overwhelmingly positive.
A Living Library is just like a regular library - with one key difference: the books in the Living Library are people. These live books are interactive and provide an opportunity for asking questions and seeking more information.
The Living Books themselves were an extraordinarily talented group of committed individuals willing to share the expertise and excitement of their career and life journeys (many of them in STEM careers).
They brought fresh ideas and new perspectives and we look forward to inviting them to our next Living Library.
Feedback from staff was very positive and included the following:
"I just wanted to congratulate you on the idea of Living Books.
2 students approached me about 'borrowing a book' for the lesson. We did and it was a memorable experience for all of the class. We had Steve, the Engineer. He was very personable, gave the students lots of valuable life and career information & suggestions. He had the class truly engaged, so much so that when he spoke of a personal situation he became overwhelmed with emotion...as did most of the class. The session ended in such a positive light with some of the boys shaking his hands.
A definite life lesson was experienced by all."
"May I pass my thanks to you for organising the event, I also believe it was a worthwhile experience for those students who were fortunate enough to participate."
"Thank you for organising the Living Library for our students. It was
enlivening and eye opening.
The two ladies spoke to us about being resilient and being mindful and about jobs for the future based on our interests and what we are good at."
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