Beyond books – the cultural life of libraries

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Lisa Dempster

Quietly public libraries have been evolving from books to focus on what they can offer their communities, argues Lisa Dempster.

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About the author

Lisa Dempster is the Executive Manager of Public Participation at Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Previously she has led the Melbourne Writers Festival, Jaipur Literature Festival Melbourne, Emerging Writers’ Festival and Digital Writers’ Festivals. In 2012 Lisa curated ‘Future Bookshop’ at the National Gallery of Victoria, and undertook an Asialink residency with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.