To celebrate Youth Week 2014, the Youth Advisory Group Mount Gambier together with the Mount Gambier Library have put together a huge program of free events, open to youths aged between 12 and 25 years, beginning Saturday 5th April, 2014 and concluding on Sunday 13th April, 2014.

Terasa Nearmy, Mount Gambier Library Technician said “the theme for youth week 2014 is ‘Our Voice, Our Impact’ and we want young people to know that their views count.

“We want to give something back to the young people of our community to show they are appreciated,” Miss Nearmy explained.

“Youth Week is all about celebrating young people and that’s exactly what the Library will do.”

Youth Week kicks off on Saturday 5th April, 2014 with “Launch and Loc8” – a scavenger hunt throughout the city centre, where youths are encouraged to participate in fancy dress for a bit of fun and a chance to win some great prizes. 

Registration will take place at The Main Corner between 11.00am until 12noon, with live music and food to conclude.

Throughout Youth Week the Mount Gambier Library will come alive with the sounds of talented musicians taking centre stage each day between 4.00pm until 5.00pm.

“The Limestone Coast is incredibly lucky to have such gifted performers who are all donating their time to give young people the chance to hear some live music in a safe environment,” Miss Nearmy commented.

“We have acts such as Babycat, Streamlyne and Kane Stuckey, April Belle and Sean Mahoney; all whom are passionate about encouraging young people to follow their musical dreams.”

On Sunday 6th April between 1.00pm until 2.00pm the Library will be hosting a Graphic Art Workshop with local artist Susie Hill.  Susie will be helping her group tap into their creative skills to create a graphic novel or story. 

“A statewide competition open to all 12-25 year olds is coinciding with youth week 2014, where young artists have the chance to submit a piece of their work for a chance to win an iPad Mini; an exciting opportunity for participants in this workshop,” Miss Nearmy explained.

This year will also see a “Snap Shot” photography workshop being hosted by Jemma Richards on Saturday 12th April, 2014 between 11.30am until 1.00pm. 

Jemma will teach participants how to explore different angles, focal points and settings to help create that perfect shot.

Thursday 10th April, 2014 will see the return of popular event “LOUD in the Library” from 6.30pm until 8.30pm; a feature of the 2014 program offering something free and fun for everyone.

“LOUD in the Library is a free event consisting of live entertainment, activities, food, games and giveaways,” Miss Nearmy said.

“This is a great opportunity for youths to come together and learn some new skills and have fun in a controlled environment.”

For full details of the 2014 Youth Week program contact the Mount Gambier Library or find Mount Gambier City Youth on Facebook.

Spaces are limited for all workshops and bookings essential. To book phone the Mount Gambier Library on (08) 8721 2540.