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Libraries launch big pitch

Last updated 05:00 20/07/2012

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A fuse is being lit but it won't be a bomb that detonates.

Instead Auckland Libraries is about to ignite a new programme aimed at inspiring teenagers to get more out of their local library.

Dubbed Fuse, the programme combines music, books, DVDs, video games, the internet and more into a series of challenges, events and activities that 13 to 18-year-olds can complete for learning and prizes.

Manager Allison Dobbie says Fuse is a major initiative for Auckland Libraries.

"This is a flagship initiative, offering exciting activities that teens from all over Auckland have access to," she says.

"Young people are at the very heart of the Auckland Plan and many of our local boards' priorities.

"So we have come up with a dynamic new programme to inspire Auckland's teenagers and get them more involved in what libraries have to offer."

The first full Fuse challenge list will be released on July 23 with the remaining challenges released halfway through the four-week programme.

Challenges include creating ‘twitterature' by writing a short story using tweets, designing a T-shirt, book bag or uniform for Auckland Libraries, creating and filming a trailer for a book that is to be made into a film, organising a flash mob at an Auckland library and ‘pimping' your library card.

"All you need to participate is a library card and to have read 50 pages of any teen or adult library book," Mrs Dobbie says.

Prizes include vouchers for i-goodies and extreme adventures. All teens who complete the required number of challenges are invited to the Fuse party.

All challenges must be complete by 5pm on August 19.

Go to aucklandlibraries.govt.nz for more information or visit Facebook (FuseAL) or @Auckland-Libs on Twitter.

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- Eastern Courier

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