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Westcourt iCentre Officially Opens

Last Tuesday evening we held a gathering on the Westcourt Riverdeck to officially open our newest library, the Westcourt iCentre. A number of parents, staff and friends with a passion for books and reading joined us for a social evening of canapes, drinks and conversation. The event allowed us to showcase the beautiful new building which houses the iCentre and to enjoy the river setting at night. Thank you to Andrea Vocatura and the guitar ensemble who played and sang for our guests.

As part of the evening we featured guest speaker, Pauline McLeod, children’s specialist at Riverbend Books. Pauline shared some of the popular books and trends in the field of literature for young people. The current ‘trend’ – following vampire lit; dystopian lit and sick lit – is that of diversity which includes characters from a variety of backgrounds and social constructs. Titles such as ‘Bro’ by Helen Chebatte, ‘The Way We Roll’ by Scott Gardner, ‘Two Wolves’ by Tristan Bancks and ‘The Truth about Peacock Blue’ by Rosanne Hawke are finding their way onto our library shelves. Pauline also showed some of the popular titles in adult fiction and a busy pop up bookshop followed. During the evening we ran a raffle which enabled us to raise $200 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, an organisation which helps those less fortunate than ourselves particularly in terms of access to reading materials.

One of the key messages of the evening was the challenge to engage teenage boys in reading for pleasure. Time poor and with varied commitments, teenagers often don’t find time to visit the libraryor to read. If we provide the right materials and the right environment then this challenge can be minimized and I believe this is what we are creating in Westcourt.

One way of encouraging boys to read may be to participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge which began this week. Boys commit to reading 15 books before the end of August and incentives (i.e. prizes, food) are offered along the way. As always, our libraries at ATC are key to encouraging and promoting reading for our boys.

We read to know that we are not alone’ C.S.Lewis

Mrs Ros Peters, Information Services Coordinator