20 November 2013

News from the Unley Library

Unley Libraries were all a buzz on the weekend of 2 – 4 November 2013 with our second festival –
Cook it. Grow it. Make it. involving all things gardening, cooking and creating happening in every
corner of the library.
Quick Facts; A two‐day Festival held at Unley Library during library opening hours.
 Total of 3,088 people visited the Unley Library during this time.
o This is an increase of over 2,350 people compared to the previous weekend.
o This is also an increase of nearly 900 people compared to the previous Festival in
 A total of 1,344 people registered and participated in specific festival events and activities,
530 more than the 2012 Festival.
Why a Library Festival?
 The libraries in Unley have become powerful places for enabling an informed society where
individuals have opportunities to learn new knowledge and skills throughout life to enable
them to lead healthy and productive lives.
 The library festival is creating opportunities for social connectedness and engagement and is
contributing directly to the wellbeing of the Unley communities.
 It provides plenty of opportunities for people to connect, learn, participate and grow their
skills and knowledge while having fun and enjoying a true community event.
Special guest presenters, Poh Ling Yeow (Poh’s Kitchen), ABC Radio personalities, Malcolm
Campbell and Rose Squire, and returning master of ceremonies, Cosi (Andrew Costello, Channel 9
series host South Aussie with Cosi) kept our community entertained and enthralled.
We introduced our very own Creatorspace, and
hosted a range of activities for community members
to come and try something completely unexpected in
the library. From cake decorating, learning how to
spin a pottery wheel with Adelaide Potters Club,
creating wall decals with Walls That Talk, learning to
play the guitar with Cal Williams Jr from local band,
The Hushes.
Activities also included planting vegetables and
making true homemade pizzas, and children learning
how to make pasta at home – there was something for everyone.
Unley’s Men’s Shed group showcased how to make beautifully‐crafted wooden toys. A special
Babytime under the ‘Dad’s Read’ initiative, and special guest storytellers Janeen Brian and Amanda
Graham, had families getting crafty on Saturday.
Cook it. Grow it. Make it. ended with Stig Weymss who entertained children from local schools and
the public. Stig’s work will be familiar to fans of Andy Griffiths’ books as he is the infamous voice on
many audiobooks.
I’m sure you will agree this year’s event was a great success.
Libraries provide for the independent learning needs of people of all
ages – making us an essential component of the learning ecosystem.

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