Launceston Linc hosts Youth Expo for Youth Week 2018

Youth week: Young Linc users Isaac De Groot, Tahlia Shaw, Lashana Dance and Library staff Alice Imlach and Kylie Mallett. Picture: Neil Richardson
Youth week: Young Linc users Isaac De Groot, Tahlia Shaw, Lashana Dance and Library staff Alice Imlach and Kylie Mallett. Picture: Neil Richardson

Connecting youth with support, services and a good book is the focus of Launceston Linc’s Youth Week Expo.

On Monday and Tuesday a host of community services, colleges, and organisations will be at the library for a two-day youth-focused blitz.

Providing information on creativity, education and services, the expo will bring in a range of supporters for an event-filled two days.

Whitelion, Wiseemployment, Northern Joblink, the University of Tasmania College, Foundry and Launceston College will showcase a number of employment and education opportunities.

For those with an eye to entrepreneurship, the Van Dieman Project will be there to talk about bright ideas, start-ups and small business.

Creativity will also be on show with Stompin Dance showing a video of their work, and Metal Minds Robotics showcasing some of their handmade robots.

Rural Youth and The Mish will also be in attendance, while all visitors are in the chance to win a door prize of a GoPro camera.

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The City of Launceston Youth Advisory Group and the West Tamar group will both also attend.

Giant games of scrabble, activities and entertainment will all keep visitors busy.

Launceston Linc librarian Kylie Mallett said young people were often in libraries when they were very young, but then often didn’t come back to a library until they were in their teens or older.

She said the library was a great place for young people to spend time.

For those with a creative eye, a youth week art competition will be run at Linc next week, a two-day challenge for those aged 12-25.

Librarian Alice Imlach said the competition would provide all art materials necessary for the two-day challenge.

The first prize is $250, donated by the Friends of Launceston Linc, and winners will have their art displayed in the youth section of the library building.

“We have 12 people registered, it’s just about creating a space for young people to enjoy,” Ms Imlach said.

“Linc is a space not just for reading but for other activities as well, it’s an inviting space.”