Human Library Online: don’t judge a book by its cover (May)

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Borrow a human e-book online! The health of our human books and our clients is our top priority, for that reason our human books are going digital. 

State Library has a large variety of e-resources available to borrow, to learn from and to enjoy. What's unique about these online e-books is that you will borrow a real person with a story to share. 

Human Library is a safe and welcoming online space where people who may not normally meet can join in respectful conversation about difference and diversity; where difficult questions are expected, encouraged and answered. 

You can find out more about Human Library project within Australia here. You can also enjoy all the benefits of being a State Library member here.

Human e-books

Uraine: Stir-fry wombat trousers

Before she was ‘Nana Magic’, Uraine Roelofs lived a vibrant childhood of freedom and play on the Far West Coast of South Australia in an Aboriginal community called Koonibba. Uraine, the daughter of a funny woman and a fisherman, thrived surrounded by bush-tucker gatherings, home-grown produce and ABBA’s Dancing Queen. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. There were barriers and many issues that Uraine’s family, and her community, had to overcome. All of this contributed to Uraine’s unique perspective, her passion for protecting and nurturing future generations and ensuring the vitality of the planet. Now, a mother, a wife, a sister, writer, performer and producer, Uraine shares her process and journey through life and how she came to create the character of Nana Magic.

Anne: A life touched by sea

From unseen ties with my ancestral islands of Greece – Ithaca, Kythera and Nisyros – to growing up by the tropical waters of Far North Queensland. My grandparents were Anthony and Anastasia Freeleagus. In the early 1900s, ten brothers of the Freeleagus family migrated from Kythera, Greece, becoming what was one of the earliest Greek families of Brisbane. My grandparents resided for several decades on the bank of the Brisbane River in South Brisbane, where the Art Gallery is today. The house was resumed in 1972 for the development of the Cultural Centre precinct. I would be pleased to share some of my experiences of growing up Greek in Brisbane in the 1960s and 1970s.


There are three simple rules for a reading;

1. Readers may raise any topic or ask absolutely any question. Be curious. Be respectful.

2. It is a conversation - the human book can ask questions in return

3. Either party can decline to answer or end the reading at any time

Bookings are required and run for up to 20 minutes. All you need is access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone with a microphone and camera. State Library will provide you a link and manage all the administration while you are in the conversation.  

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