Esperanto table / display items
Here is a list of items that are useful at displays and tables (such as
cultural festivals, peace festivals, etc). You do not need all of
these, but this checklist will help you decide what you want to take.
Consider what you want your table to accomplish. Just to inform
people about Esperanto? That’s fine (but consider trying to do
more). Recruit new members? Even better; have the next activity or
event planned and tell people about it. Sell stuff? Have stuff
available to sell. Advertise a class? Have a handout about the class.
You probably do not want to tell people the entire history of
Esperanto, or the entire grammar, or the collected speeches of Zamenhof.
Many people will give you a minute of their time before moving on; some
will give five or ten minutes. (Many, of course, won’t give you
more than a glance.) Use that minute to pique their interest instead of
demonstrating how boring we can be.
Displays put a lot of wear and tear on things. Be prepared to
replace books and zines every few years. Do not put out anything
valuable or rare; they can get stolen, accidentally broken, spilled on,
or simply lost.
Display tables are typically 8 feet wide.
Steven Brewer at a table. Photo by Steven Brewer.
- Table cover (plastic party sheet: green?).
- Banner with “Esperanto” and contact info (a good outdoor
banner costs about $200). I recommend also the slogan The
international language that works!
- Folding table, two chairs (usually provided by Festival).
- Display holders (for books and handouts). Plastic holders
for handouts are stupidly expensive... but they are well worth the cost!
For books, here is a free book holder you can
make out of cardboard.
- Boxes. Cardboard boxes work fine and are cheap. Plastic bins are
waterproof as well, and are fairly cheap. Make sure you get sturdy ones
that won’t crack when mistreated.
- Hand truck or luggage dolly to transport everything.
Items with “*” are available free from the ELNA
website. Here is a list of particularly useful handouts.
- That Works * (PDF).
Good general-purpose handout.
- French Verbs * (PDF).
Excellent for demonstrating why Esperanto is easier to learn.
- One-Page Handy-Dandy Esperanto Startup Kit * (PDF).
Vocab, instant grammar, pronunciation guide etc.
- Lesson 1s
- Beer posters * (PDF).
Display these prominently; they make people stop at your table!
- Free samples?
- Useful phrases? *
- (Membership forms)
- Info on next meeting and/or course. If someone is
interested, you need to be able to tell them when and where the next
- Signup sheet for mailing list
Display just a few items in each category. Unless you’re doing a
book festival, or have a large booth, more than a few books will just
clutter your table. A huge mass of items will prevent people from
understanding anything and they will skip it all.
Especially books that many people will recognize, such as
Also a two-way dictionary (especially useful when someone asks,
“How do you say such-and-so?”). If you have a Bible and a
Koran, people will sometimes think this is a religious movement. Be
prepared to explain this.
- Winnie la Pu
- Asteriks la Gaŭlo
- Magazines. A few El Popola Ĉinios are useful because of the
pretty pictures, but note that this no longer appears as a paper
publication; it’s Web-only now.
- UEA Jarlibro. When someone asks, “Does anyone in
such-and-such a country speak it?”, look up the delegates for that
country and show them!
- Pasporta Servo book. Also useful for demonstrating the
widespread utility of Esperanto.
- Masking tape
- Duct tape
- Scotch tape
- Knife (multiple-use, such as scout knife)
- Ballpoint pens
- Marking pens (various colors)
- Thin rope (window-shade)
- Tarp (clear plastic: useful for rain, or for putting boxes on if
ground is wet)
- Weights (for windy outdoor events)
- Work gloves for moving boxes or tables
and Answers about Esperanto”
- Hat (if sunny)
- Shirt (if sunny or cool)
- Water bottle or other drink
- Emergency snack
Cut these shapes out of cardboard (thin corrugated or thick shirt
cardboard). Fold the big piece vertically on the dotted line. This
will be the upright. Put the notched piece across the ends; the book
will sit on this. You do not need to be at all exact since most of this
will be hidden beneath the book anyway. You now have a super-cheap book
Last updated: 17 June 2015. Lupoprodukto.