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Library love celebrated at Cooma Library
Monaro Regional Libraries (MRL)
is using the month of love to
celebrate the community’s passion
for public libraries with a series of
special events taking place.
Cooma Library has been a
hive of activity over the last few
weeks as locals converged on the
public space for Library Lovers
Month. Running for a number of
years, Library Lovers Month gives
libraries across the country the
opportunity to showcase their
value within their community.
February has seen a spike in
people accessing Cooma Library
with a morning tea held on
Valentine’s Day to recognise the
library’s contribution to local life.
MRL manager Pam Veiss said
the month provides the perfect
platform to enjoy what the library
has to offer.
“This has been running for a
number of years and it’s a special
day to celebrate peoples’ love of
libraries,” Ms Veiss said.
“We’ve got a number of events
this month for people to take part
in Library Lovers Month.”
Valentine’s Day roses for books,
and chocolates for cupcakes as
those in attendance conversed
about their love for Cooma Library.
On Saturday the library hosted a
book talk from nationally respected
author, John Blay. His talk was
enjoyed by dozens of people who
enjoyed hearing about the revised
and updated edition of his book,
‘Back Country: trek through the
Deua and Wadbilliga’.
Blay discussed his love for the
south-east region and spoke of his
years of research and travels that
culminated in the updated version
of the book. His love for the
rugged parts of the south-eastern
ranges shone through during the
Project O launches
On Friday February 24 at 11am in Cooma, Big
hART will launch a new initiative for the young
women of Cooma - Project O.
The aim of Project O is to assist young women
in rural communities build strong personal agency
to help prevent family violence, foster resilience and
change their story.
With Project O, young women acquire new
capabilities, learning how to become change-
makers in their community. This sense of personal
agency assists young women to be courageous
in the face of stereotypes and inequalities that
place them at risk, in a society where violence in
relationships is common.
“It is a privilege to be working with these inspiring
young women to roll out this initiative in the
Monaro” said Big hART CEO Scott Rankin. “Project
O creates an opportunity to we build resilience,
confidence and skill and these young women seize
the chance and do the rest.”
In 2017, 20 young women aged 13-15 years
old from the Monaro High School will participate
in Project O. The initiative delivers skills-based
workshops and will see the young women work
with inspiring female mentors to help them step
up, be heard and create a stronger community.
In 2017, the young women of Cooma’s Project O
will develop new skills through running a range of
events including a MessFest for this year’s Youth
Week, plus a 24 hour Colourathon which will be
a unique partnership with nationally acclaimed
Cooma-based business Birdsnest.
Friday’s launch will run from 11am-12pm at the
Monaro Public Library and will be presented by
the Cooma Project O girls. Special Guests who will
speak at the Launch include the Project O Cooma
girls, Administrator of Snowy Monaro Regional
Council Dean Lynch, Big hART CEO Scott Rankin,
Deputy Principal of Monaro High School Vivienne
Chelin, the Birdsnest team and Project O Tasmania
participant Angela Woolnough.
Project O began in Tasmania in 2014 and
has gone on to win numerous awards. The ‘O’
stands for Ophelia and of the 30,000 words in
Shakespeare’s play, the role of Ophelia is given
less than a thousand. Her struggles are similar to
many young women – she feels worthless and
Big hART was founded in Tasmania’s north west
25 years ago and has since grown into Australia’s
leading arts and social change company of national
Theor work assists vulnerable people who are
experiencing complex disadvantage to have a
voice, reimagine their future, and gain the skills
the gift of their story can help drive generational
change. To date Big hART has worked in over 45
communities, alongside over 7500 individuals in
urban, rural, regional and remote Australia and won
over 30 awards, most recently the 2017 Tasmanian
Human Rights Award for Organisation of the Year.
Project O is proudly supported by the Australia
Council for the Arts, the Federal Government’s
Office for Women, Catalyst, Monaro High School
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