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Published 08 February 2019

From bringing military tanks to Civic Park, launching a mascot toy echidna into space, and hosting after-hours cocktail events, Tea Tree Gully Library at Modbury is building a reputation for delivering community events with a twist.

The library’s next major event on 15 March will be a Library Up Late Crap Art adults-only outing, with wine on arrival and the opportunity to paint portraits of each other.

The Library Up Late gold class adults-only series often features champagne, catering and live music.

Testing the boundaries of what libraries do is all about breaking stereotypes and taking risks, says library events officer Symon Williamson.

“Our library has become a community lounge room – a place to increase reading and digital literacy, as well as a place to socialise and relax.”

After our library showcased some of its events at a national library conference last year, other libraries across the nation are now looking to conduct similar events. 

Symon says there are still people who think the old rules apply.

“They believe libraries should be quiet places with dusty old books, and no food or drinks. These stereotypes are what we have to break to maintain relevancy in a changing society.”

Tea Tree Gully Library with an eye to the past also help bring history alive, regularly conducting booked-out after-dark tours of local cemeteries.

And the quirky events aren’t just restricted to adults, with a Harry Potter Family Fun Day in late January attracting about 2,500 participants, making it the busiest day for the library in a decade.

This free event had animals, an escape room, book and wand making, plus crafts. Families stayed for hours, with children dressed as their favourite Harry Potter character.

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