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Story Box: reading aloud in a library, 2009. MArch Core Design Studio with Professor Sheila Kennedy.

Sasa Zivkovic and Nadya Volicer designed Storybox, a device for reading aloud in a library. Friends or strangers may sit across a library table from one another and share a story without disturbing other library users. Drawing on the dividers often used to give library patrons privacy along the length of a long library table, Storybox could similarly be situated to demarcate private space in a public sphere. One side of the device is designated for the reader, as indicated by the book stand, light portals from above, and gramophone-like interior cavity. The listener's side is a darker space with headphone-like openings on either side of the listener's head. Both users' bodies are accommodated accordingly by the form of each side's opening. The reader rests his or her hands in front of the book stand, poised for page turning. The listener leans his or her shoulders deeper into the device and places his or her hands along the outside of the box. Layers of corrugated cardboard insulate the users from the rest of the library, both visually and aurally. Between the reader and the listener, in addition to the horn snaking through the mass of cardboard, is a shallow screen of cardboard at eye level. Despite the obscured view, this screen allows both users to sense each other's presence. This relationship provides the opportunity for a stranger to approach a reader through the Storybox and request a reading. The reader does not have to oblige, but is aware of the listener's presence. In this way, Storybox is a social catalyst, as well as a reading apparatus, and furniture for a library.