The Living Library is like a normal library with one key difference: the books in the Living Library are people. This gives an opportunity for asking questions and seeking more information. On Wednesday 16th August, at the beginning of Lessons 1, 2 and 3 teachers sent 2 students from their class to the Library to select and borrow their Living book.
There were 26 Living Books presenting a range of topics including:
Spoken Word SA (Poetry Slam Leader)
Guide Dogs SA/NT
Holden Hill Crime Prevention Section
Building / Construction / Planning
Entrepreneurship / Starting a Business
Health / Medical
Mining and Resources
Volunteering / Charity
The overwhelming support of staff and students ensured this was a well-received event.
The students who collected the Living Books were obviously polite and engaged with their books. They were laughing and chatting with the Living Books and this was noticed and commented on by the Living Books (and Library Staff). This was a true embodiment of the Modbury High School culture of respect.
The Living Books were very open in their commendation of the school, teachers, library staff and students.
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. They brought fresh ideas and new perspectives and we look forward to inviting them to our next Living Library.
45 classes from Years 8 to 12 borrowed Living Books and feedback from staff inlcuded:
I borrowed 3 people. The students really enjoyed it and my year 8s were particularly enthusiastic about it. They asked if they can do it again! They thought it was a novel idea and loved hearing from real people with unusual careers. It was great to see them so engaged.
Fantastic idea! I know my classes would love to do it again and so would I!
Thank you for organising it and I look forward to more opportunities like this.
Thanks for organising the Living Books - the class really enjoyed the opportunity to see different jobs, ask questions etc.
All in all, we did not do any of the poetry but the students had a far broader look at the world!
How fortunate we were to learn of being a commercial writer, how to set up a business and when to quit it, the power of volunteering to gain skills, leadership, the need to establish self-caring communities for when society doesn't care enough, the need to work when at University, and that books, yes books, are the embodiment of the ideas of our species.
These photos show some of our Living books arriving for the morning.