6 April 2022

Human libraries give a short insight into the lives of someone you might not ordinarily meet in your day-to-day life.

Two women looking at each other. One with curly hair is placing headphones on.

Stories and storytelling are age-old. Stories teach, challenge, and connect us. For all of history, human connections have been built through storytelling. In fact, stories have been used to pass down knowledge and ideas for thousands of generations. We know that through the sharing and hearing of stories, lives can be changed.

Human libraries let you borrow people instead of books for a short insight into the lives of someone you might not ordinarily meet in your day-to-day life. These people are – as we all are – well worth listening to. Like a regular library, each “book” will have a book jacket and description to support the “reader” in selecting a book to check out.

Life Without Barriers Human Library Collection

The Life Without Barriers Human Library Podcast Project showcases the community of Life Without Barriers as ‘human books’ of the library and shares stories through individual podcast episodes in the Human Library Collection. You can find the full Human Library Collection here.

Book 1 - Tess Rowley

The first human book in the library is from author Tess Rowley. Tess chats with us about her childhood experiences with stories and writing and how her work has influenced her writing and storytelling over many years.

Listen to her story here.

Book 2 - Jacintha Batchelor

The second human book in the library is from Jacintha Batchelor, a long-term, committed foster carer of many children and young people. Jacintha shares her insights into what story and storytelling means to her and how these experiences have influenced her as a mother.

Listen to her story here.

Book 3 - James Fewtrell

The third human book in the library is from James Fewtrell, the Manager of Internal Communications at Life Without Barriers. James shares how the simple, yet often 'unspoken' act of saying thank you impacts the relationships we have, and the way he lives with an 'attitude of gratitude'.

Listen to his story here.

We want to hear and share stories of Storytelling!

What does storytelling mean to you?

The Life Without Barriers Human Library Project acknowledges the diverse life experiences and wealth of knowledge that make up the rich tapestry of our community.

To celebrate Hook into Books, the first collection of the Life Without Barriers Human Library will focus on 'Storytelling and what it means to you?'

How to get involved:

  • Each story is recorded using Zoom – and transferred into an audio-only file (no video). We use the audio to create a short podcast episode (book) in the Human Library.

  • The Library can be accessed at the Hook into Books webpage.

  • For more information and to share a story with our Human Library, contact Megan Hall, Education and Learning Projects Lead, via email at megan.hall@lwb.org.au.

Everyone has a story. What’s yours?

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