The Drug & Alcohol Info Hub is a travelling interactive information and display program for NSW public libraries.
The program provides quality and up-to-date information on drugs and alcohol to local communities across the state. It offers an excellent opportunity for libraries to partner with schools, community organisations and the local area health services to deliver drug and alcohol information-related events and activities.
Expressions of interest are now open for public libraries to host the Drug & Alcohol Info Hub program in 2020, closing on Thursday 31 October 2019.
Twenty-eight libraries hosted the Hub in 2018-19, in 12 metro and 16 regional locations. The participating libraries collaborated with local CDATs and other health and support organisations to deliver a variety of events and activities.
- Bankstown Library hosted standard drink demonstrations, beer goggles activities, and a scavenger hunt for local schools
- Foster and Taree Libraries partnered their local CDAT to deliver talks by addiction specialist Dr Julian Keats
- Wagga Wagga Library held an event in partnership with the local CDAT to acknowledge drug and alcohol support services
- Parramatta City Library hosted a joint event with their local CDAT on alcohol awareness
- Queanbeyan Library provided library clients with information from their local CDAT
- Kempsey Library partnered with NSW Health to deliver sessions on pregnancy and alcohol
- Shellharbour Library partnered with NSW Health to deliver sessions on alcohol and healthy living (Shellharbour)
- Nowra Library collaborated with Illawarra and Shoalhaven Health to raise drug and alcohol awareness including the effects of medication and alcohol on driving
- Broken Hill Library staff attended the local high school assembly to promote the drug and alcohol information available in the library
- Henty Library took the Drug and Alcohol Info Hub to the Greater Hume Council Youth Week Heywire - Step Up Festival - over 250 young people and families attended the event
- Gordon Library collaborated with the local Youth Centre to host an alcohol awareness event.
Check out our Hub highlights to find more detail about some of the wonderful events presented.
In order to meet demand for the Hub during Youth Week, Drug Info trialled a mini Hub. This was a good opportunity to trial a hub that is easier to transport and set up, and has a smaller footprint. It includes the same equipment, promotional material and activities as the Drug & Alcohol Info Hub.
- Snowy Monaro Library ran the mini Hub during Youth Week incorporating it in the school holiday program, commencing at the Bombala branch and finishing at Cooma
- Camden combined the mini Hub with an art and pizza day.
We received excellent feedback - the host libraries reported a high level of client engagement with the Hub, promotional activities and information materials. One library commented:
The aim of the display was for people to leave with more knowledge and pick up some facts they didn't know before - I think we achieved that!