Human Library Online: National Reconciliation Week 2020

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National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Human Library Online is one way to learn more about First Nations people and their lived experiences.

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

Human Library is a safe and welcoming space where people can join in respectful one-on-one conversations about difference and diversity; where difficult questions are expected, encouraged and answered.  

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. You will require access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone that has a microphone and camera. State Library staff will be in contact with a link to access your session.  

The health of our human books and our clients is our top priority, for that reason our human books are going digital for now. 

In the ticketing section, make sure to scroll down to select your session time. 

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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.

Dylan: From CQ to QCA: my journey through art, culture, and identity

Dylan is black, proud and queer. Moving from Mackay to Brisbane to pursue his passion for art, Dylan has been on a journey of courage and resilience through art, culture, and identity. Dylan studies at Queensland College of Art and uses his creative work to respond to the discrimination and stereotypes he faces as a young South Sea Islander, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander man. From travelling to remote communities to paint murals, honouring significant dates, and creating unforgettable portraits, Dylan offers a unique perspective of growing up in Queensland and what it means to call somewhere home.

 

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