YPRL continues to enjoy participation in the Libraries Change Lives campaign, highlighting the impact of Victoria’s public libraries and the role they play in healthy communities.
Our campaign was launched in November at Thomastown, Watsonia and Diamond Valley libraries, featuring at the craft markets. Staff, community members, guests and visitors shared stories, celebrating the role of libraries in their life. Stories were interesting, diverse and uplifting – tales of starting out in a new country, developing a business, researching family history, discovering new worlds, making new friends and much more.
At Diamond Valley Library, we met Navid, who had a very important story to tell.
“I had to come to Australia as a skilled worker and had done a course on teaching to raise my chances of getting a job. The first few months were a nightmare. I couldn't get a job. I was starting to get depressed. Guess what! The local library became a safe haven for me to get out of house, experience a lively dynamic and soothing environment where I could see people, speak to someone and send resume’s out to different colleges asking if they had any vacancies. I finally got it. It all became possible thanks to the local library.
- Navid, YPRL Member
In the meantime, we have been collecting stories from staff, who have been sharing the impact of libraries on their own lives - personally and professionally. Karen from Thomastown Library recently shared her story via Facebook. Watch it here!
We have much more planned for 2019 - watch this space!
For more on Libraries Change Lives, visit www.yprl.vic.gov.au/librarieschangelives