experience Books - book deliveries (with a twist)
Escaping into a good book has taken on new meaning over the last six months. Self-isolating has triggered a boom in mainstream book sales but it's also made it hard for niche booksellers, or to access libraries or book swaps like we might have in the past. In a collaboration with Creative Clunes, Clunes Neighbourhood House is launching Experience Books. This is a bookshop/library project with a twist. We need readers who are prepared to give our books some lived experience.
What does that mean? It means we want to deliver new books to you, get you to tell us what you think of them, and then return them. During COVID-19 it'll be a contact-less library-style service and post COVID who knows?
Interested in being one of our volunteer readers (no age restrictions)? Simply email , and tell us the genres and authors you like, or fill in the form.
A review doesn't have to be long. Here's an example:
"I read so much more now. Obviously because I am at home rather than out and about. But Lester’s descriptive prose made it easy for me to escape into a post-war Paris that had me forgetting all about COVID. Even just for a few hours.”
Our other activities...
Each week, prior to the pandemic Clunes Neighbourhood House connected with more than 500 people who participate in our activities. That represents nearly a quarter of our population, although some of those people might be the same person engaging in multiple activities (but hey, let's not ruin a great statistic he he).
These activities included a twice weekly circus program for young people, Open House dinners prepared by volunteers for between 30 - 50 people each Tuesday, two mornings at the Men's Shed, two mornings in the Community Garden, social bus trips, tutoring for young people and yoga classes. In addition, we supported monthly Writer's Group meetings, Qi Gong on a Sunday, Clunes Trekkers walks in town and around, and the Clunes Artist Group. Annually, we also co-ordinate Christmas in Clunes - a month long festival celebrating Christmas.
Since 2018 we have partnered with Asking for Trouble to present Art Attack, a two year explosion of youth-led art activities. This project is supported by the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria's Future Makers of Change Initiative in partnership with Regional Development Victoria.
COVID-19 has meant we've needed to pivot and think differently about how we meet the needs and aspirations of our community. Looking at our approach to programming through a COVID-19 lens helped us begin this process. As a result, we now have a program of activities that can expand and contract as restrictions tighten or ease. Our Open House Deliveries, FoodisFree, Gardening Group and Experience Books project are great examples of Clunes pivots that work - even during times of restrictions.
What you can still do from home!
Walk the Talk
Creating a story walk around our town is one way to keep us all busy and thinking about the future
Stories are a way of people connecting. We can’t do that face to face at the moment, but we can do it remotely. Stories are also a way of passing on knowledge and history. Your tales don’t have to be true. They could be a good yarn or anecdote that you think people would enjoy hearing.
Clunes Neighbourhood House is using this time to put in place an idea lots of people have mentioned for a long time – creating a story walk around Clunes using QR codes.Our project is called Walk the Talk, but while Stage 3 restrictions are in place, we are focusing on the Talk, rather than the Walk. Here is how it works…
CALL OR EMAIL
You can do all of this from home. All you need to do is have a story you want to tell, or an interesting fact, and the exact location that story relates to. Call us or email and we’ll compile your story for you.
Sound File: Then one of our trusty, talented volunteers will create a sound file and we’ll match that sound file to a QR code. Down the track we’ll be able to add some bells and whistles, such as pictures, but for now we are just sticking with the basics.
we'll qr it
QR Codes: Then, thanks to the Men’s Shed, we’ve got little blue, wooden signs that we can attach a code to, so you can scan it and listen to stories. These signs aren’t fancy, but they work! You’ll see a few of them popping up already around town. Down the track we’ll work to find a way to make these more swanky.
Ultimately Walk the Talk could be the basis for a guided walk around our town, suitable for tourists and residents alike.
Then, thanks to the Mens Shed, we've got little blue wooden signs that we can attach a code to, so you can scan it and listen to stories. The signs aren't fancy, but they work! You'll see a few popping up around town already, Down the track we'll work to find a way to make them more swanky.
Ultimately, Walk the Talk could become the basis for a guided walk around town, suitable for tourists and residents alike.
Check to see if your smartphone already has a QR Code reader app installed. Some do. App names usually contain the words “QR code reader” or “QR code scanner”.
For Android, the free app from Trend Micro seems to offer extra security, without all the pop-up ads. But pretty much any free reader (for either iPhone or Android) should do.
Our first story is a short, potted history of 70 Bailey Street. Once a school, then a factory, now home to a museum and Clunes Neighbourhood House. This site has been a place of learning, industry and community for a very long time.
SO GET IN TOUCH
At the moment, staying at home is more important than looking for signs, but now is the perfect time to ring or email us with a story!
So email or call 5345 4078 and leave a message now.