Make-up tutorials, push bike maintenance, car advice, science experiments, and other youth-targeted activities are being rolled out as part of a new library festival.
First published in the 30 August 2018 edition of the Baw Baw Citizen.
West Gippsland Libraries will launch the Meet Up 18 festival on Saturday 1 September with free events at the Warragul, Wonthaggi, and Leongatha libraries.
Video game industry figures will speak at the opening events.
One-off events will be held over the fortnight after the launch, including those listed above as well as sessions on taking a gap year, public speaking, and simply “enjoying pizza and video games with friends.”
“Traditionally, young people have always valued libraries for borrowing books or as places to study,” West Gippsland Libraries CEO Leanne Williams said in a media release.
“In their 20s and 30s they expand their interests, be it travel, family, cars, or work. But because of their limited experience with libraries in their teens they don’t necessarily see libraries as a place, or service, to help them pursue those interests.
“This tells us that we need to trial new events aimed at retaining people as library users for life, by keeping them engaged in the lead-up to, and during, the ages we are most likely to lose them.”
More info on the festival and events can be found at meetup18.com.au.
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