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Alicia De Audney is an Education Officer at the State Library of NSW. Having delivered children’s programs in public libraries for over a decade, Alicia takes great delight in surprising young people with how outrageously brilliant libraries are. Alicia is passionate about using technology to pass on the joy of learning and empowering children and young people to express themselves creatively. Alicia created the Young Writers Club with her colleague Susan Brawn and is currently working on the Library’s newest kids club for book lovers.
Not another pony: Building an online creative community
Over a thousand children and young people, hundreds of artworks and writing projects and three excited educators. Two online after-school clubs, Art Club and Young Writers Club, have revolutionised the way in which the State Library engages with children and young people. By using a playful approach, we connect our members with Library collection items to inspire creative thinking that extends well beyond the hour we spend with them. Experience some of the meaningful activities that our members have enjoyed and find out why these programs are not just another pony. We will share with you what we did, what we learned and how you can apply these lessons to any cultural institution.