ALIA Crafty Catch Up – One Million Stars to End Violence

Last night I went along to my first networking night with ALIA Queensland (Australian Library and Information Association). I was drawn to this event because it was a casual meet up and it involved a craft activity and I’m always keen to participate in craft activities whenever I can. The event was held at Communal Bar and Eat House, located at 266 George Street Brisbane, I hadn’t been here before but had passed it many times on my way to Brisbane Square Library. We sat at a couple of long tables near the back of the restaurant and they had great meals on offer for a reasonable price, I just had a drink though as I wasn’t able to stay more than an hour. The ladies and one gent were very welcoming and we all started chatting and making ribbon stars for the One Million Stars to End Violence campaign, an installation of the stars will be on display at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, people from across Australia and the world are all contributing to this great cause.

It was wonderful to meet new people and they invited me along to the next Trivia night which If I’m available then I might go along. Networking for me is usually a scary experience as I find it difficult to make small talk; however having a craft activity made it easier to chat and meet new people. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, it also didn’t cost me anything except my time and a drink.


Crafty Library

I really enjoy craft, I love trying something new or re-kindling a love for something I haven’t done for a long time. I also love sitting and reading the craft magazines and books on offer at my local library. Another reason I love to visit the library apart from my love of books is to meet up with the talented ladies in my knitting and crochet group. Recently I have re-kindled my love of sewing and have enjoyed getting to know my sewing machine better. This weekend I finished making library bags for a family friend to gift to her grandchildren. These were so much fun to make, I really love the choice of fabric on offer these days. For the bags I chose two Batman themed and one woodland. You can find the pattern from the Freshly Handmade blog, it’s simple and fast to sew. I love it so much that I will be making more for sure.

Libraries are great for not just providing access to information but also a place to connect with like minded individuals, learn and share new skills. Libraries are changing and evolving into community hubs, meeting places and centres for learning. As technology has become part of everyday life librarians are learning to embrace technology and work with it to provide patrons with access to information and learning. So what brings you to your local library?