Library joins 'living books'
CHILDREN'S book author Nette Hilton and World War II command centre operator Kelly Snow have a number of things in common.
For starters they both live on the Tweed and thought it would be fun to be among the area's first “living books”.
The two women met yesterday at the Murwillumbah Library where they have agreed to regularly “sit on the shelf” and wait to be borrowed as a “living book” then they tell their story to another person.
The scheme has taken off in nearby Lismore - the first Australian library to introduce it two years ago and which now has 60 “living books” available for a half-hour loan on certain days.
Mrs Snow, who lives in Murwillumbah with her husband Quentin, a former WWII gunner, said friends convinced her to become “a book” because she had “a good story to tell” about her experiences.
Those include working in the operations room for airborne bombing campaigns over Germany during the war.
“We received all the secret information of where they were going to bomb then passed that onto the wing commanders of each squadron,” she said.
She married Quentin there in 1944 - their 65th wedding anniversary is next week - and two years later moved to Australia as a British war bride, settling in Murwillumbah where Quentin's father Cecil Snow was mayor.
While Mrs Snow is sure she will be able to easily engage borrowers with her story, professional children's and youth author Nette Hilton of Cabarita Beach fears she may be “left on the shelf”.
“I just think it will be a bit of fun ... or no one might want me,” she said.
“I'm not sure what is going to happen. Being a 'living book' I figured was an opportunity for people to touch base and find out the ins and outs of publishing. I imagine people who want to borrow me might want to find out what it's like to be an author and how to get published.”
Librarian Jo Carmody is seeking more volunteers willing to be a “living book” for sessions to take place at the Murwillumbah Library on the first Friday of every month - although books won't necessarily be required each month.
Those interested can register on the library website at www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au or pick up an application form at the library.