Youths to be drawn to library

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Shire trainee Chelsea Brown with the Project Sketchbook advertisment.
Camera IconShire trainee Chelsea Brown with the Project Sketchbook advertisment. Credit: Tristan Wheeler/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times, Tristan Wheeler

Bridgetown Library has become involved in The Sketchbook Project, acting as a collection point for registered participants in the South West.

So far six of the allotted 25 sketchbooks have been collected.

Bridgetown Library manager Shane Ellis said programs run through the library were a useful tool for attracting youths to the library.

“I believe that the programs that we run are about trying to engage and bring youth — particularly — into the library,” he said.

“For a lot of them it could be the first time they’ve actually come into the library, so it’s a fantastic opportunity through programs to engage those kids.”

The program involves distributing sketchbooks to participants, who are then encouraged to fill the sketchbooks with whatever they want and then return them to the library.

They will then be displayed in the State Library in an exhibition, to coincide with Youth Week WA.

In August, the sketchbooks will become a part of a travelling exhibition that visits libraries around the State.

Organised by Propel Arts — the peak body for the youth arts in Western Australia — The Sketchbook Project has run for nine years.

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