Balloons: The Ugly Truth

By Hansikaa Sharma, Yarra Plenty Regional Library Member (Published with permission.)    Balloon releases and balloons in general are a fun way to commemorate a big event or decorate a birthday party, but considering the impact balloons have on ecosystems it's just not worth it. Balloons are a devastation to the environment. If you are…
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Full STEAM Ahead: Learning Communities are Growing Communities

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are critically important for productivity, personal decision making and effective community, national and global citizenship. However, exploring and applying STEM principles in new and innovative ways requires the ability to adapt information and initiate creative solutions. Cue STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education! Supporting people of…
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Community Creative: Adam Wallace

Love our September Under the Sea brochure?! Illustrations are by our school holiday guest, Adam Wallace! Adam is a three time New York Times bestselling author with a talent for writing hilarious, horrendous and heartfelt books for children. He has over forty published titles under his belt, including Jamie Brown is Not Rich, Spark, and the Accidentally Awesome series. Adam loves…
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Creative State Summit

YPRL staff recently attended the second annual Creative State Summit at Melbourne Museum, featuring a diverse line up of local and international speakers across the creative industries. The summit explored the role of creativity in a post-truth world, as well as effecting change in response to the challenges of our times. Creative State offered delegates an…
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Role of Arts in Childhood Development

Sadly, many adults do not consider themselves ‘creative’. However, when such people speak of their upcoming personal and professional projects, event plans, new hobbies or (less commonly) Excel spreadsheet solutions, it appears the term may require some kind of social reinvention. Creativity, according to the Oxford Dictionary is the use of imagination or original ideas…
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PLVN Stories Matter Seminar

Overview:           Liz Pidgeon Local and Family History Librarian, Liz Pidgeon, is the co-convenor of the Public Libraries Victoria (PLVN) Local Studies Special Interest Group (SIG). She was also part of the organising committee on the recent Stories Matter Seminar hosted in partnership with the Multicultural Services and Programs SIG. Presentations from seven library services were invited to…
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