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For Youth Week 2017 the Drug Info service at the State Library of NSW offered promotional kits to libraries hosting events and activities in their community. The kit consisted of a showbag and promotional material such as pens, postcards and Know Your Standards items.
Libraries used the kits for a range of different activities from library displays, free in-library giveaways, activities and events, pop-up libraries and council-run events.
Youth Week 2017 activities
Here is a snapshot of the activities held in NSW public libraries:
Coolamon Library (Riverina Regional Library)
Youth Fest in Coolamon was held on the 31st March to kick start Youth Week activities in the town. The council community officer and the library worked closely together to make this event very successful. There were plenty of activities for our youth to enjoy during the night with music supplied by two bands from local schools. Stalls, large board games, face paint artist and a free BBQ were all provided with an estimated 150 people attending the night.
A local police Senior Constable and the Library Programs Officer presented the program for youth aged over 13 years old, using simulation goggles. Attendees were invited to wear the goggles to play the Wii, eat pizza and other hands on activities to create awareness of the effects of alcohol.
The showbags were provided to the council's Community Development Officer who conducted a number of activities for youth week. One activity was Bubble Soccer followed by a movie afternoon the following day. The remaining showbags are being used, together with copies of the library's own brochures, to give to new teen/young adult members who join the library.
Hawkesbury Library Service celebrated Youth Week with a Pop Up Library at Youthfest 2017, a festival for young people of the Hawkesbury. The Library had giant Connect-4, books to give away, lollies, scratch art, Drug Info goodie bags and more. The night was a great success. The Library also participated in a Hawkesbury Services expo at one of the local high schools to provide information on all their wonderful services.
The promotion and distribution of material in Bingara was extremely successful. Library staff visited the local school to launch Youth week at lunch time. The theme coincided with Autism Day and blue sausages were the main barbeque treat!
The library had a display at the "Dash with a Splash" youth week event at Kempsey. Dash with a Splash is a community fun run attended by public and private primary and high schools.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Library
The local CDAT helped with the Sausage Sizzle for Cosplay at Port-Macquarie Hastings Library and with 90 participants this year the BBQ helpers were kept busy. There was a Drug Info display on the large pyramid at the front for Youth Week featuring free give-aways.
Both Wentworth and Junee libraries used the Drug Info promotional material to create inviting Drug Info displays during Youth Week.
Hurstville Library put together a cabinet display near their popular quiet study area frequented by high school students. There was also a pyramid book display at the entry to the library where approximately 75 showbags were distributed.
Book titles chosen for the display covered non-fiction topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, resilience, mental health, cyber safety, bullying, and politics, plus inspiring biographies targeting a younger audience. They also chose popular fiction titles aimed at younger audiences. All of the Drug Info showbags went like hotcakes!
City of Canada Bay Libraries
Over 150 young people attended a range of events at Canada Bay Libraries during Youth Week, including an evening event with fairy floss, slushies and mechanical horse racing! Attendees were given a "goodie bag" filled with resources from Drug Info and other service providers and special treats. The event was a great hit.
For Youth Week the Moree Community Library provided a display featuring and promoting the Young Adult collection along with the Drug Info bags and a Drug Info quiz. They also used this opportunity to promote our online bookclub, 'Teens Turning Pages'.
This is just a small snapshot of some of the amazing events and activities held across NSW public libraries during Youth Week 2017.
For ideas and free resources to use to promote your Drug Info service during Youth Week and at any other time of the year, see the information available under the Know Your Drug Facts or Know Your Standards program sections.