Mildura Library is providing an alternative to relax and keep cool while enjoying a social evening by extending its opening hours on Thursdays as part of the Libraries After Dark program.
Libraries After Dark is a state-wide initiative initially aimed at providing problem gamblers with alternative options and venues for socialising through extended evening opening hours at libraries.
In Mildura’s case, the Mildura Library has extended its Thursday opening times by two hours, now closing at 9pm.
Councillor for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Healy said that aside from providing another recreation option for people who may have a gambling problem, libraries can be a powerful tool in addressing the contributing factors behind the issue.
“Studies have shown that social isolation is a well-established risk factor for gambling harm and our libraries have a broad range of activities on offer to break down social isolation,” Cr Healy said.
Libraries After Dark activities include:
- Movie nights
- Book chats
- Community group talks
- Presentations by guest speakers from local organisations
There are also introductions to library services, internet access, games, writing and mindfulness activities.
The Mildura Library is open until 9pm each Thursday, delivering its normal services, as well as Libraries After Dark activities. Bookings are not required and there is no cost for the activities. Light catering is provided where possible.
Libraries After Dark is funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation as part of a broader strategy to prevent gambling harm. It is managed by Moreland City Council and delivered in partnership with the Victorian Local Governance Association.