Western Times

CUN­NA­MULLA LI­BRARY WINS AWARD FOR IN­NO­VA­TIVE PRO­GRAM

Pro­gram keep­ing kids in school earns state recog­ni­tion

- By AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

CUN­NA­MULLA li­brary has won not one but two of the state’s most pres­ti­gious awards for a pro­gram that en­cour­ages kids to stay in school.

Li­brar­ian Tammy Hickey said the li­brary had won the Queens­land Pub­lic Li­braries Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Award plus the Del­e­gate’s Choice award.

“There are five dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of award,” she said.

From the five con­stituent awards a panel picks the ul­ti­mate win­ner.

“We were up against li­braries in Lo­gan, Cairns...

“I was try­ing to work out that night which one re­ally meant the most, be­cause one is judged by a board of re­ally im­por­tant peo­ple and the other is judged by all my peers, all the peo­ple I work with.

“They’re both a huge hon­our.”

With the LGA award comes a mone­tary prize of $1000.

The li­brary has taken the award for its three-year-old Good Be­hav­iour Ini­tia­tive. The idea is to re­ward good stu­dents with a pro­fes­sion­ally taken glam­our shot.

Last year more than 100 stu­dents had their pho­tos taken.

Tammy said the pro­gram’s en­try re­quire­ments were quite strin­gent.

“It pro­motes school at­ten­dance, good be­hav­iour, in­creases li­brary mem­ber­ship, pro­motes lit­er­acy, be­cause they’ve got to be a mem­ber of the af­ter-school club,” she said.

“They have to have an 85% at­ten­dance rate.

“We had teenage boys here, and they love it just as much as the girls.

“You can see the con­fi­dence in them.”

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 ?? PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED ?? TOP HON­OUR: The Cun­na­mulla li­brary won two awards for its Good Be­hav­ior Ini­tia­tive.
PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED TOP HON­OUR: The Cun­na­mulla li­brary won two awards for its Good Be­hav­ior Ini­tia­tive.

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