Last night, Parkes Shire Library won the Australian library association ALIA’s Bess Thomas award for innovative work with children and young people. I’ve been working with the Parkes community for some years now, and I’m proud to have played a part in their journey to national recognition.
It’s great for Parkes’ librarians, serving a community of just 15000 out in Central West New South Wales, to have their daring work celebrated by peers at a national level.
If you want to steal some of the Parkes magic, you can find “how-to” articles and resources for some of our most exciting programmes online:
- Big Box Battle – monsters vs. robots
- Curating urban myths
- Paint Like Michelangelo, plus chocolate pudding swamps!
- Book publishing for teens
- Time travel in the library
- Zombie siege – video of the 2013 event, plus a report on the original 2012 project including “how-to” PDF
Keep your eyes peeled for more surprises as Parkes kicks off the 2014 season of activities this month…