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1st to 17th September 2018

Meet Up ’18 is the West Gippsland region’s first library-led festival for young people.  With 13 events across multiple library sites, our libraries are focused on making a statement: that is, we want young people to stay engaged with their local library for life.

With a range of new and diverse events such as make-up artistry, video game development, pushbike maintenance, coding robots, and conducting science experiments, we hope to understand more about what types of activities are fun and engaging for young people.

West Gippsland Libraries is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. 

Meet Up 18 Dates

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Meet Up 18 Dates

Young people aged between 12 and 18 are invited to take part in a series of engaging, thought-provoking and fun experiences this September, courtesy of West Gippsland Libraries and its partners.

Saturday 1st September 2018 – 10 am to 1 pm

In this one-off event to launch Meet Up ’18, meet local game developer Nic Stewart.

Nic has a broad experience in the gaming world and will be looking to impart his knowledge and wisdom upon attendees.  Find out tips and tricks to get started in the gaming industry and enjoy hearing about Nic’s life in gaming and his passion for finding talent in rural areas.

There will be time for networking and a Q&A session at the end!

NOTE: It’s not essential to book, but we encourage it to help with catering purposes. People who register will go into the draw to win a $50 Visa gift card, to be drawn at a later date in September.

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Saturday 1st September 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm

About the event:

Learn how to forge a career in the gaming industry at this special presentation by Giselle Rosman, one of Australia’s most distinguished industry professionals.

After her presentation, Giselle and a colleague will be available for networking until 12pm, so make sure you’re there if you wish to kickstart your career in gaming.

About Giselle Rosman: 

Giselle is a long-standing games community leader and advocate in Australia. She has run the Melbourne chapter of the International Game Developers’ Association (IGDA)  since 2009. IGDA holds frequent events to support and connect emerging games practitioners. Giselle has been active in the Global Game Jam community in various roles since 2011, including the Executive Director of Global Game 2016 and 2017.

She works in the industry as the Business Administrator at Hipster Whale,  developers of the worldwide smash hit mobile game, Crossy Road.

Her dedication to the games community has led her to be nominated for Ambassador of the Year for the Microsoft Women in Gaming Awards, alongside fellow industry titans Robin Hunicke and Anita Sarkeesian.

Many of her initiatives, such as the Woman in Games program for Melbourne International Games week, have fostered diversity across games and many other digital industries.

In 2014, she received an Ambassador Award nomination at the Microsoft Women in Games Awards and won Women of the Year at the MCV Pacific Women in Games awards in 2015 and 2016. Last year, Giselle received the XBOX ANZ Shining Star award for her continued support of emerging and established game practitioners.

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Saturday 1st September – 10 am to 1 pm

Celebrate the launch of Meet Up 18 with a fun, free day including retro and console gaming, special guests, giveaways, virtual reality, snacks, prizes, and activities.  It’s your day – so grab a friend or family member and stay for as little or as long as you like..

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Monday 3rd September 2018 – 5 pm to 7 pm

Cruise on in to two hours of fast paced personal stories and information about a range of topics relating to cars, including:

  • Buying your first car;
  • Trading and collecting cars; and
  • The automotive industry.

Presenters include car collectors, car club members, Victoria Police team members, local car dealers and auto industry specialists.

Find out everything you need to know and make important contacts in this exclusive event about life on the road!  Snacks provided.

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 Wednesday 5th September 2018 – 2 pm to 3 pm

Thinking of starting your own YouTube or Twitch channel?  Want to learn to argue persuasively?  Or do you simply want to conquer your nerves and increase your confidence for school presentations?

Whatever your ambition, the Powerful Public Speaking and Debating seminar is a rare and important opportunity for you to learn tips and tricks about confident public speaking from our panel of community experts, and then practice your new skills in a supportive environment.

This workshop will suit students in years 7 to 9.

Bookings not essential, but recommended for catering purposes.

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Wednesday 5th September 2018

  • Trafalgar Secondary College
  • Drouin Secondary College

What is fan fiction?  Where can it be published?  What’s it like being a real writer?

Fan fiction and writing workshops with published author, Nansi Kunze (author of successful novels including ‘Mishaps’ and ‘Dangerously Placed’) and Drouin Library Team member, ‘Michelle Lewry, who writes picture books and young adult fiction in her time away from the Library.

This event is exclusive for Drouin and Trafalgar Secondary College students.   

 Friday 7th September 2018 – 4 pm to 5 pm

Future Labs is a brand new monthly event designed for tech early adopters to go hands-on with the latest technology before anyone else – totally free of charge.

You can tinker with new technology, games, robotics, and do some hands-on building and de-construction!  It is a diverse session, including everything from electronics, VR, video and audio editing.

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 Wednesday 12th September 2018 – 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm

Want to hear about this season’s hottest make-up trends, and learn exclusive tips and tricks from a professional make-up artist?  Warragul Library is thrilled to present a make-up masterclass for young people.  During this event you will learn about what it takes to become a make-up artist, as well as watch a demonstration of an easy-to-recreate a make-up look.

Come along for a fun afternoon and leave with some great make-up inspiration!

There will be time for questions at the end of the session and light refreshments will be provided.

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Thursday 13th September 2018 – 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Achievement unlocked: we’re bringing Xbox gaming to Mirboo North!  And it’s totally free for library members.

Come and explore and experience our new gaming space with your friends, and enjoy a variety of exciting Xbox One games.

The equipment is generously funded by the Friends of the Mirboo North Library.

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Friday 14th September 2018 – 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm

Planning a gap year?  Not sure what to do after year 12 just yet?  Come and be inspired by our Year 13 presentations.

These sessions will help you plan and test out your life directions before starting Uni, further education, a job, an apprenticeship or further travel.  Mingle with experts and other young people who have managed a great gap year, including representatives from:

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Monday 17th September 2018 – 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm

Planning a gap year?  Not sure what to do after year 12 just yet?  Come and be inspired by our Year 13 presentations.

These sessions will help you plan and test out your life directions before starting Uni, further education, a job, an apprenticeship or further travel.  Mingle with experts and other young people who have managed a great gap year, including representatives from:

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 Saturday 15th September 2018 – 10 am to 12.00 Pm

There’s nothing worse than getting ready to enjoy a ride – only to have a maintenance issue ruin the day.

But fear not, thanks to West Gippsland Libraries you can learn how to maintain and fix common bike problems with local cyclist, Ian de Bruyne, on the deck at Drouin Library.

Don’t forget to bring your bike!

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 Friday 14th September 2018 – 1.50 pm to 3.10 pm

Local students will work with professional storyteller Gill Di Stephano to develop their skills in the art and tradition of oral storytelling and performance.

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 Saturday 15th September 2018 – 10 am to 11.30 am

Join Thomas Barnes, local secondary school science teacher at WSC, for a hands-on (and fun!) science workshop with experiments that you can repeat at home, for 12 – 15 year olds.

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Saturday 15th September 2018 – 2 pm 2.45 pm

Move aside, humans, and get ready to attend your first-ever robot-led presentation! NAO is 58cm tall, autonomous, and fully programmable robot that can walk, talk, listen to you, and even recognise your face.

Meet the team who created NAO – The Brainary – and get to know NAO the robot. NAO will tell you about life as a humanoid robot, and demonstrate the skills needed in life as a working robot.

You’ll also get to work in a group to program NAO to operate in a service situation, such as taking coffee orders or giving directions, and then take NAO for a test drive!

Places are strictly limited and available to people aged between 12 and 18 years.

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Saturday 15th September 2018 – 11 am to 11.45 pm

Move aside, humans, and get ready to attend your first-ever robot-led presentation! NAO is 58cm tall, autonomous, and fully programmable robot that can walk, talk, listen to you, and even recognise your face.

Meet the team who created NAO – The Brainary – and get to know NAO the robot. NAO will tell you about life as a humanoid robot, and demonstrate the skills needed in life as a working robot.

You’ll also get to work in a group to program NAO to operate in a service situation, such as taking coffee orders or giving directions, and then take NAO for a test drive!

Places are strictly limited and available to people aged between 12 and 18 years.

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