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Library Success Stories - REaDTEMBER at Parkes Shire Library

Guest post by Tracie Mauro, Parkes Shire Library

In 2014 Parkes Shire Library's REaDTEMBER was the proud winner of the ALIA Bess Thomas Award.

REaDTEMBER is a literacy project that Parkes Shire Library has programmed and delivered with creative learning consultant Dr. Matt Finch since 2011. We have delivered a range of activities engaging young people in the community - Time Travel Detectives, a spooky interactive mystery featuring the work of multimedia artist Peter Miller; Big Box Battle which was a three day event inspired by movies like Pacific Rim and Godzilla which was led by teenagers who created costumes and props, performed and played with children aged 5 and up; Author-rised, an adult and teen writing group that worked together to create the Stories on Coffee Cups supported by the Shire's cafes and restaurants.

REaDTEMBER highlights the library's profile by receiving lots of local media coverage and engaging a variety of community groups. For those interested in gathering tips on how these activities can be run in and by a library, check out  chapter 14, Monsters, Rockets and Baby Racers:  Stepping into the story with children and young people, co written by Matt Finch and Tracie Mauro in The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, strategies and programs, edited by Anthony Molaro and Leah L White.  

Alternatively, Tracie is available to answer questions regarding the project via email tracie.mauro [at] or by calling 02) 6861 2309.

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