2016 Volunteer FAQs



Thank you so much for volunteering to help make a whole bunch of YA readers happy! Enclosed in this packet is, hopefully, all the information you will need to get you up and running on Saturday. Please give me a call at 512.921.1420 if you have a question or need to change your plans. If I don’t answer, just leave a message with your name and a short summary of what you need. Or send me a text and I will get back to you as soon as possible.


UPDATE! It’s not too late to lend us a helping hand! We can’t pull off a successful TTBF without generous volunteers. 5 lucky volunteers will be entered to win a ticket to the special screening of The Outsiders on Friday, Sept. 30th featuring Sabaa Tahir, David Arnold and Renee Ahdieh! Winners will be randomly drawn from VolunteerSpot and notified Tuesday, Sept. 27. Want to guarantee a spot at the movie? Buy tickets before they’re gone!




What is Volunteer Training and do I have to attend?

Volunteer Training will be held at Book People prior to the festival. While it is not mandatory that you attend in order to help out at the festival, we are highly encouraging all volunteers to attend one of the two possible sessions in order to get a complete run down of what will be happening at the festival. Just for attending the training you will receive an extra entry into the Volunteer prize drawing that will take place during the pizza party at the end of the day on Saturday.


How early should I arrive before my shift?

Please plan on checking in at least 15 to 20 minutes before your first shift so that we can get you set up with your volunteer lanyard, give you a brief run down on your job, and answer any questions you have.


Where should I check in?

Please check in at the Information Tent from there we will direct you to where you need to go.


Where should I park?

You will park in the Volunteer Parking Lot off of University Drive. Please use entrance #1 on Congress Avenue. Please know that parking is limited, so there is a chance you might have to head to general attendee parking. If you are volunteering with friends, we advise you to carpool.


What if I’m also attending the festival before or after I volunteer?  

Since volunteer parking is so incredibly limited, please go ahead and park in Attendee Parking. Otherwise, you would need to move your car to allow for the next set of volunteers. The festival area is just a short walk up the sidewalk west of general parking.


Do I need a parking permit?

If you will be using Volunteer Parking, yes. I have included it in this packet. Please print it out and place it on your dash.


What should I bring with me?

We recommend bringing a/an:

  • umbrella (handy for sun and rain;)
  • small notepad and pen/pencil for your pocket sending messages back and forth between venues if needed
  • water bottle. We will have a water station at the festival.
  • hat and sunglasses
  • Sharpie (because you never know when you will need one)


What should I wear?

Dress to be cool and comfortable. Wear really comfortable shoes.


Will food be available for sale?

St. Edward’s will have a concession stand set up in the festival area. Ragsdale Center will also have a cafeteria that will be open. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch. St. Ed’s has plenty of beautiful outdoor space to eat and people watch. After the large signing there will be a pizza party for all volunteers that you are welcome to attend!


What is a SpeedPass and how do I use it?

As a thank you for volunteering we will be giving you a SpeedPass to get you to the front of one line during the Large Signing. You can pick up your pass at the Information/Volunteer Tent after your final shift for the day.


What is my job exactly?

The following pages contain and complete list of volunteer names, times, and job descriptions. Please locate your spots and review the directions carefully. Be aware that these are basic descriptions. We know you will have other questions when you arrive.  Also, it might be necessary to move volunteers around a bit if we have anyone fail to show up.