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Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events.
In 2018 the Drug Info and Find Legal Answers services offered promotional packs to libraries hosting events and activities in their community during Youth Week. The packs consisted of a showbag and a range of promotional material including pens, wristbands and Know Your Standards items. A new targeted promotional flyer about drug and alcohol and legal information for young people was also included.
Over six thousand packs were distributed across NSW public libraries.
Libraries used the packs for a range of different activities from library displays, free in-library giveaways, activities and events such as pop-up libraries and collaborative council-run events.
2018 Youth Week activities
Here is a snapshot of the activities held in NSW public libraries:
Several NSW public libraries used Find Legal Answers and Drug Info promotional material to create inviting library displays during the period. Moree and Glebe libraries placed their displays in their YA sections while Singleton library set up a Drug Info Awareness Display in their library foyer.
At Kings Cross Library and Narrandera libraries the Find Legal Answers and Drug Info promotional merchandise was made available throughout the library and distributed during library events.
Erina library created a Zombie Escape Room in the library. This escape room activity was designed to bring youth into the library and get them to engage in critical thinking and communication based activities with their peers.
At Coolah library staff created a display incorporating their Know your Standards resin kit. Library staff engaged visitors with conversations about standard drinks and distributed Drug Info pamphlets. The library also held a Movie and Pizza night, funded by Warrumbungle Shire Council.
Beer goggle activities were popular with visitors to Bankstown library with staff holding several sessions with the goggles.
Kempsey library held a display incorporating the Know Your Standards resin kit, beer goggles and drug and alcohol brochures at their library. Library clients participated in a activity where they had to throw velcro balls onto a felt dartboard whilst wearing the beer googles. Clients commented that the beer goggles are a real eye opener, showing how they lose coordination with alcohol. Library staff also held a library display at the local Dash with a Splash fun run event.
Goulburn library hosted the Girls Night In - How To Festival which included workshops on making homemade bath bombs, smoothie bowls (made with bicycle powered blenders), hair and skincare, mocktail making, and zumba exercise workouts. The festival concluded with a pizza and lolly bar, popcorn machine, and a movie screening on a big screen set up in the Library. All participants in the festival received a showbag.
Tuggerah library featured a display of standard drinks info with Youth Week Bags with 250 showbags flying out the door! They also used Youth Week as a launch pad to promote their suite of HSC workshops planned for the remainder of the year.
Together with Samaritans, Housing NSW and many non-profit organisations, Newcastle library participated in the Hamilton South Youth Week, a day for the young residents of the Hamilton South estate.
Coolamon library held a "youth feast" to kick off Youth Week. Local young people enjoyed a silent disco, a food van, live music, Wii games with a giant outdoor screen and street art face painting. Library staff distributed showbags at the event.
As part of Burwood Council's Youth Week activities Burwood library hosted Burwood Bar and Beats, a Mocktail event at Burwood Park. The event featured a pop up library providing drug and alcohol info, a bar providing free mocktails, an activity using the beer goggles where youth had to navigate the cones and a Know Your Standards activity. Over six hundred mocktails were served and one hundred showbags of drug and alcohol info for youth distributed.
Narromine library hosted a group of Year 10 students from the local high school for a "Know Your Standards" presentation and beer goggle activity. After the talk and activity the students looked through the sample bag of information and discussed alternatives to alcohol such as mocktails.
Gunnedah library installed the Drug and Alcohol information Hub in the Gunnedah Civic Centre for a Youth Expo. Library staff hosted a pop-up library providing drug and alcohol informationand information about library services such as wifi and public access computers One hundred Youth Week bags packed with youth week, drug and alcohol information brochures, and library information and some 'fun stuff' that the young people could take were distributed during the expo.
This is just a small snapshot of some of the amazing events and activities held across NSW public libraries during Youth Week 2018.
For ideas and free resources to use to promote your Drug Info or Find Legal Answer services to young people during the Youth Week and at any other time of the year, see the information available Find Legal Answers for public libraries or Drug Info for public libraries sections of the Public Library Services website.