In a strategic approach to reach new audiences, engage a broader section of the community and position ourselves as contemporary cultural destinations Moreton Bay Region libraries are trialling a new range of programs and events.
Our first foray was an evening entitled From Cultivation to Creation where we had a fabulous panel discussion with two chefs and a horticulturalist and the talented Madonna King as MC. The evening also featured local artisans showcasing their work, craft beer and local winery tastings, and a delightful grazing table.
The next event was a Great Debate – Cats vs Dogs to complement the exhibition of Dame Lyndley Dodd’s Scarface Claw exhibition. The debaters included local authors including Isobelle Carmody and Gary Crew and a comedian, and the MC was another local Heather Foord. They all had the audience rolling in the aisles with laughter – it was such a fun evening (and the dogs won – of course!). The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and Story Dogs both had a presence at the event, as a Story Dogs program will be rolled out in two of our branches, and hopefully we will grow more fruitful partnerships with the RSPCA too.
Another new approach for Moreton Bay libraries is a partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to share the best minds of the region through range of academics presenting about their current research in our libraries. USC already has a presence in our region which will grow exponentially with the new campus – USC at Moreton Bay at Petrie opening next year.
Finally, another new event in our upcoming schedule is a Library Choir in the same vein as Pub Choir (scheduled to celebrate World Choral Day) and will be led by the Brisbane Pride Choir – we are excited to see how this will go. We are thrilled with our new directions and hope that we can continue to celebrate, showcase and develop our region through these programs!
About the author
Deb Miles is the Programs and Engagement Leader for Moreton Bay libraries.