Readercon is entirely volunteer-run. Our volunteers help with Registration and Information, keep an eye on the programming, staff the Hospitality Suite, and do about a million more things. If interested, go to Information the person there will know what to do. It’s fun, you’ll meet new people, and you can earn Readercon incentives that are available to volunteers only:
All these items will be awarded cumulatively, so work 8 hours and get all four!
Kaffeeklatsches are small gatherings of attendees with a program participant, chatting informally. Because seating is limited, we ask that those interested sign up in advance at the Information Table. The Kaffeeklatsches are in Vineyard.
Children Attending Readercon
There will be no child care provided at Readercon for 2010.
Children under the age of 15 who will be staying with a parent at all timesreceive a free membership, a ReaderKids In Tow badge, and no conference materials. The badge must have the Readercon attending parent's name on the front of the badge and contact info on the back. This free badge must be worn at all times while on hotel grounds.
Children under the age of 12 may not be left unattended in any convention area or public hotel space.
If we see a child who is being disruptive, or seems to need a parent and has no parent around, we will try to contact the parent. If we cannot contact the parent within 15 minutes, we will contact hotel security and ask them to assume supervision of the child.
Any disruptive or inappropriate behavior may lead to being asked to leave the convention. Readercon reserves the right to revoke membership at any time for any reason. No refunds will be given.
This policy has been established for the folowing reasons:
Liability issues raised by the hotel due to unattended children left to play in hotel common areas and the pool area.
Liability issue of minor children left at Readercon without a parent or appointed guardian on hotel premises. Note that these children may be held by hotel security, the Department of Social Services contacted, and the child turned over to its care.
It’s all about safety. We want our children to be safe, and we want yours to be as well.
Tiptree Bake Sale
The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. Created in 1991 by Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler (one of this year's Guests of Honor!), the award is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr. and in doing so, helped break down the imaginary barrier between "women's writing" and "men's writing." For more information on the award see: www.tiptree.org.
This year, the Tiptree Bake Sale will be on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (or until we sell all the food). It will be located in the coat room across from the Grand Ballroom, in the corner near the restrooms. If you are interested in donating home-baked goodies at Readercon, or if you would like to volunteer to help with the bake sale, please stop by the coat room.
We are committed to making Readercon accessible to everyone.
All the programming takes place on the ground floor of the convention hotel, and the conference rooms are quite close together, joined by wide hallways. The green room is also on the ground floor, as are the hotel restaurants and the restrooms. The consuite is easily reachable by elevator.
Each conference room will have a wide aisle and taped-off space reserved for scooter and wheelchair parking.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide ramps to the stage in the two large rooms; however, the smaller rooms have plenty of space behind the participants' tables. If you are a program participant, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any requests for specific accommodations.
Word and Excel versions of our Program Guide and Program Grid will be available for download on the Program page (http://readercon.org/program.htm) a week before the convention.
We've updated our signage design and placement for improved legibility.
We are also committed to making Readercon comfortable and safe for everyone. We strongly encourage all attendees to treat one another with thoughtfulness and respect, and to follow these guidelines:
Make way for people with mobility impairments and respect the lines around reserved audience spaces. If you stop to chat in the hallway, make sure you leave plenty of space for other people to pass. Remember that not all mobility impairments are visible.
If you see someone whom you believe needs assistance, offer to help and wait for them to accept before taking action. Do not touch or move another person's belongings or equipment, or touch people to guide them, unless they explicitly ask you to do so.
Do not pet or otherwise attempt to interact with service animals.
Do not harass or bully other convention attendees. Readercon reserves the right to revoke membership from anyone who makes another attendee feel unsafe. If another convention attendee is harassing or bullying you, or if you observe behavior that gives you cause for concern, please alert a Readercon staff member immediately. All reports will be kept confidential. See our harassment policy above.
If you have any feedback on these efforts or suggestions for future improvements, please email email@example.com.