Beerwah to host international speakers at The Third Place industry forum
Beerwah will host a panel of international speakers at an Industry Forum as part of Caloundra City Libraries' The Third Place program that provides opportunities for community connection and creativity.
Caloundra City Mayor Don Aldous said The Third Place draws its name from a term coined by urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg, who says that most people have three places in their lives that define them - home, work and a third place.
"'Third Place' refers to community places, where people can gather and interact, such as our City's libraries, which help create a sense of community," Cr Aldous said.
The Industry Forum is a cross sectorial forum for library and community professionals, exploring the concept of libraries as Third Places, and how libraries can play an important role in facilitating community building and strengthening.
Speakers include Barbara MacKerrow and Bry Kopu of Puke Ariki Library, Gallery and Museum Complex, New Plymouth New Zealand, Jane Carr of Education Queensland who will talk about Digital Third Places, and Vicki McDonald of the State Library of Queensland who will describe the innovative Millennium Library Project.
"Through The Third Place program, Caloundra City Libraries aim to promote libraries as community hubs that offer opportunities for creativity, connection, recreation and learning, and as catalysts to personal growth.
Cr Aldous said that The Third Place program received $24,700 in funding from the State Library.
The Third Place includes participative creative library programs from June to September 2007. Programs include:
Community learning programs (August) including literary workshops hosted in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast, an innovative youth poster "paste up" magazine, and a topical community talks program.
Parallel programs - partner programs expanding the project: a story based youth indigenous engagement program, and creative writing workshops for community literacy classes, exploring the concept of place.
For more information, contact Caloundra Central Library on 5491 1255.
Beerwah Hall, Peachester Road, Beerwah, Friday 8 June, 8.30am - 4.30pm