Beyond books – the cultural life of libraries Print Email Email to a friend Your email Your name Friend's email Friend's name Verification Please prove your humanity Go on prove it :) Close Related Articles Review: Return Flight MEL>HKG, Blender Studios (VIC/Hong Kong) The third and last stop in Going Down Swinging’s international project has resulted in an intricate, optimistic, and multilayered exhibition and anthology. Writers hit back at funding cuts Industry fears for future of Australian writing, as national infrastructure is cut back again. On the move: the latest appointments and resignations AWM Director to leave, new Chair for WA Chamber of Arts and Culture, TarraWarra announces new appointments, and more jobs. ICYMI: The week's top news in the arts (locked) From light installations to rethinking history's villains, from music for suicide prevention to Bollywood's best - this week's art news is varied and rich. (Premium content) Premium content Lisa Dempster Tuesday 21 May, 2019 Quietly public libraries have been evolving from books to focus on what they can offer their communities, argues Lisa Dempster. This content is only available to members of ArtsHub Join Now for instant access! A subscription to ArtsHub will enable you to: Access the most comprehensive jobs board for the arts sector, with hundreds of positions posted weekly Keep up to date with the latest industry news Access thousands of members-only features, articles and guides Be in the know with upcoming events and exhibitions added daily Learn how and where to get grants, with the most extensive grant finder ... and much, much more. Join Now and join the Australian arts community today All suited up for Yarra Plenty Library's Comic Con. Image Supplied. Member login Email address Password Forgot password? 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.