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From Old Alabama town:

The Alabama Book Festival is looking for 200 volunteers to help with the festival that attracts thousand of visitors and dozens of authors. The one-day, free festival is Saturday, April 20 at Old Alabama Town in downtown Montgomery and is open to the public. The grounds open at 9 a.m.,  the festival is 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., with a readers theatre from 4 - 4:45 pm.

Most volunteer shifts are two hours.  Approximately 200 volunteers are needed for the event, which brings in noted authors from the Southeast to discuss their work, answer audience questions, and sign copies of their books.

A brief description of each volunteer duty is listed below. A complete description and a volunteer form are available on the website www.AlabamaBookFestival.org/volunteers.html . Anyone wishing to volunteer should sign up through the website.

Volunteers are needed for the following duties:

  • author escorts -- volunteers escort authors to the tent or building where they are speaking, then to the book signing area and to the Green Room;
  • author, exhibitor, and volunteer check-in -- volunteers direct authors to the Green Room or their speaking venue, exhibitors to their booths, and volunteers to their shift location;
  • author transportation -- volunteers pick up authors at the airport and take them to their hotels and back to the airport, and they may also take them from their hotels to festival special events;
  • book signing -- volunteers prepare the signing tables with chairs, pens, and signs, and they help maintain traffic flow through the area, making sure visitors know which line belongs to each author;
  • children's area -- volunteers help with children's activities, crafts, writing projects, and face painting;
  • runners -- volunteers (must have a cell phone) fill in as needed or serve as runners for speakers' venues or other work areas;
  • Green Room -- volunteers help provide a relaxing atmosphere in the authors' hospitality room, serving and replenishing food and drink;
  • information booth -- volunteers greet festival visitors and provide information, festival brochures, and directions to visitors; help visitors find the speakers' venues and other places they want to visit; answer questions about the festival;
  • site setup and breakdown -- volunteers help in the early morning and early afternoon by moving and setting up or taking down tables and chairs and pipe-and-drape dividers in exhibitors' booth and putting table covers and signs at speakers' venues and exhibitors' booths;
  • timekeepers -- volunteers signal authors when their speaking time is running out;            
  • venue assistants -- volunteers prepare the speakers' venues—the tents and Old Alabama Town buildings—before each presentation (straighten chairs and tables, ensure microphones are set up), and they make sure the speakers, moderators, and timekeepers are in place before the presentation starting time.


The Alabama Book Festival is in its eighth year and and draws 35-45 authors each year. The Alabama Book Festival is a free, public event promoting literacy, books, and reading. The following sponsors help make the festival possible: The Alabama Humanities Foundation, The Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Writers' Forum, the Landmark Foundation of Montgomery, Old Alabama Town, the Alabama Tourism Department, Troy University, Montgomery City-County Library, Capitol Book and News, and the City of Montgomery.

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