Before the invention of the printing press and the introduction of books, there were storytellers. These individuals were living books, who stored stories, histories, knowledge and songs in their memories. Storytellers were the libraries of many societies, and cultures were preserved in their minds.

In the 21st century, each individual is still a living book, with many experiences, ideas and skills to share. The elders in our communities, who have stored more years of experience in their memories, are living books with more chapters than the young. Elders also have stories that reach back farther in time and recreate a time in history that younger people have not experienced.

It is our wish this booklet will pay honour to our most valuable living books and encourage more people to write their stories for others to enjoy. We also hope that these stories will encourage more sharing, listening and reading of stories from living books.

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