CUNNAMULLA LIBRARY WINS AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE PROGRAM
Program keeping kids in school earns state recognition
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.”