Yarra Libraries Program

I am the Children’s and Youth Team Leader at Yarra libraries and I just wanted to let you know about some of the events that we are running over National Youth Week and the April school holidays.

I have added details below and also a link to our bookings page. Students are welcome to book through the page, give us a call or pop into any of the Yarra Library branches.

Bookings here.

Full information: Libraries_Whats On_Mar-Apr14


Writing Workshops with Leanne Hall

Wednesday 16 April, Collingwood

Library | Bookings essential

Join Leanne Hall, author of the Text Prizewinning This Is Shyness and its sequel Queen of the Night, for two special writing workshops. You are welcome to attend either workshop or both. Open to young people aged 12 to 18.


Weird Accounts and Strange Tales | 1.30pm–2.30pm

Using Pu Song Ling’s classic seventeenth-century collection Strange Tales From a Chinese Studio as a starting point, Leanne will discuss short and weird stories, unusual newspaper articles and popular urban myths. Participants devise their own Strange Tale to pitch to the group and plan the steps they need to take to turn it into a fully-fledged short story.

Book here.


Creating Characters | 3.30pm–4.30pm

In this workshop participants create a character from Leanne’s lucky dip photo bag, and then work at placing their character in the right story. Participants discuss their character profiles; how to challenge, expose and exploit their character’s weaknesses; and work on creating unique voices and dialogue for their characters

Book here.


Live Radio Workshop with SYN

Thursday 17 April, 11am–5.30pm, Fitzroy Library

Bookings essential

Learn what goes into making a radio program. Get hands on training in live radio production and on-air presentation with SYN, Melbourne’s own youth media organisation. Your work will be recorded, edited and broadcast on SYN 90.7 FM.

For people aged 16 to 25. Lunch provided.

Book here.


National Youth Week Competition

– Our Voice Our Impact

Win a Samsung Galaxy Tab

Are you aged between 12 and 18? Do you have a suggestion about what your local library can do for you? Grab an entry

form and return it to your local Yarra Libraries branch between 4 and 20 April to be in the running to win a 10” Samsung Galaxy Tab.

This competition is open to Yarra Libraries members – membership is free and open to everyone.


Hilary Coleman

Yarra Libraries North Fitzroy Branch and Children’s & Youth Services Team Leader

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