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Youth and Children’s Inner Northern Network

The Youth and Children’s Inner Northern Network (YACINN) was established in late 1999 to help children’s librarians in the inner city and outer northern region of Melbourne re-establish networks with neighbouring library services. YACINN consists of representatives from six library services: Darebin Libraries, Hume Global Learning Village Library Service, Moonee Valley Library Service, Moreland City Libraries, Yarra-Melbourne Regional Library Corporation and Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service. An important objective of the group was to identify projects that neighbouring libraries could collaborate on.

An ideal opportunity for a collaborative project came in the form of the Summer Reading Program. Aimed at primary school aged children, summer reading programs had been provided over an extended period in Victoria. Their cessation in 1999 left a void in most libraries’ program of activities for children in this age group.

The Summer Reading Program operates by distributing packs to participating library services. By providing the base material for the program, YACINN has empowered library services to create a program that meets the needs of their local communities. Some library services choose to run the program in conjunction with holiday programs; others simply focus on the reading program itself.