Hundreds of people all around the state visited their local libraries during Law Week this year. There were displays, legal talks, presentations to schools, a play, legal advice sessions and much more.
Law Week is a great opportunity for libraries to highlight their Find Legal Answers service and to provide interesting and useful legal information to their community.
Many libraries chose to highlight the legal collections with a display. Simply by moving the collection from its usual spot to a more prominent place in the library is a great way of drawing attention to the resources.
Coolah Library moved the Tool Kit to a more prominent place in the Library for the week and gave each library visitor a bookmark, pamphlet or magnet.
Burwood Library’s display was featured on their Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Kings Cross Library chose to feature Tool Kit titles and Legal Aid NSW seniors pamphlets in their display.
Orange and Stanton Libraries displayed a variety of law related books from their collections.
Working with local schools
Some libraries chose to do Law Week events for schools.
Singleton Library had a performance of their now traditional Law Week play - written, produced and starred in by students of a local high school. This year’s play focused on youth and the consequences of breaking the law, and featured guest appearances by local legal experts from the police, courthouse and a local legal firm who donated their time. This year, the library programs officer and coordinator of the play, Joan, also took a role in the play. The student audience of over 60 sat enthralled - not fidgeting, no trips to the bathroom!! They were fully engaged and totally focused.
Cumberland Library Service visited two local schools and delivered Find Legal Answers training to year 11 and 12 students.
In and out of libraries
Some libraries had visitors, others went out and about.
Northern Beaches Library Service went mobile - promoting the Find Legal Answers Tool Kit, brochures, show bags and website on a laptop. Locations included Manly Corso, Warringah Mall Library foyer, Forestville shopping centre, Mona Vale library forecourt and the Civic Centre in Dee Why.
Albury LibraryMuseum hosted free legal advice sessions in partnership with Albury District Regional Law Society of NSW.
Moree Library hosted an Aboriginal legal advice workshop.
Congratulations to everyone for a great Law Week 2019!