On Wednesday 16 March 2011, the ALIA Top End group paid a visit to Casuarina Library. Many thanks to Karen Conway, Manager Library Services at Darwin City Council, for hosting our visit and for telling us about some of the library's fantastic programs.
We took a look at Casuarina Library's revamped outdoor courtyard, and speculated on all the possible activities that could take place there. It will be a wonderful space for library users to enjoy in the dry season.
The team at Casuarina have done an excellent job in introducing and maintaining innovative youth book clubs - Caught Read Handed for children up to Year 6, and Read Hot Readers for Year 7 and up. Karen told us about how the programs got started and what a success they have been, as well as some of the other great youth programs that the various Darwin City Council library branches have organised.
The Caught Read Handed program won 2010's ALIA NT Recognition Award - Karen Conway is pictured here with the award presented by ALIA NT Manager Jayshree Mamtora.
Thank you Karen, Jayshree and all the ALIA Top End members who came along for a very enjoyable evening!