March feature book of the month
Rodney Kendall reckons if there is one thing hes learned since becoming a living book, its that everybody has got a story.
And if you go down to the Lismore City Library next Friday, March 30, you can hear his story, along with those of 14 other living books at the monthly Living Library from 11am -2pm.
Other books that will be featured include a Jewish woman, a farmer, a member of the Straight Edge sub-culture, a kidney transplant survivor and a sexual assault survivor.
Rodney, The Echos March feature book, was borrowed three times at last months session at the library and will again speak candidly about his experience of growing up as an adopted child.
Rodney said during sessions he prefers to let the borrowers take the lead and think of questions themselves rather than dominate the discussion.
He thinks the Living Library helps bond the community, helping dissipate labels of good and bad and disband some of the myths that surround marginalised and easily-stereotyped groups.
You come away with a stronger sense of humanity, he said. It makes you realise youre no better or worse off than anyone else.
The Living Library, the first of its kind in Australia, has had enormous success since its launch last November.
The Living Library usually runs on the first Friday of the month, however due to Easter this month it will be held on Friday, March 30.
Everybody is welcome, however large groups are asked to book in advance.