Young people from 12 to 17 years old can head to The Studio workshop at Aitkenvale Library in term one to meet like-minded creatives and create a painted work of art to take home each week.

This free creative program at Aitkenvale Library is a chance for Townsville’s young people to make new friends, learn and develop their creativity and make new connections.

A Council spokesperson said The Studio was a brand-new program for young people in Townsville.

“The Townsville Citylibraries team works with our community to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive space at our three library branches and sites our Mobile Library visits,” the spokesperson said. “Our goal when creating The Studio was to give young people the chance to explore, be creative, be imaginative and connect, and that’s exactly what we’ve seen in our first few sessions. We place real importance on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) at our libraries. Libraries are community spaces designed to give all members of the community access to accurate, relevant and current information through our books, free internet, maker spaces, collaborative working spaces and themed activities for all ages. We also have resources for loan, including items like telescopes which can help propel a lifelong interest in STEAM activities and education.

“By developing creative workshops like The Studio program is one way we’re continuing to grow our libraries and accessibility to enriching programs for our community.”

The Studio runs from 5.30pm to 7pm on the first and third Tuesday of every month during term one of school.

Bookings are essential and can be made online by visiting Council’s What’s On Townsville website.