Youth Maker's Market

Tuesday 15 October 2019

The Youth Maker's Market held recently at the Richmond Town Hall was a hit with creative makers and happy browsers alike.  Children aged nine to fifteen spent months preparing for the market, which was organised by Richmond Library's Children's Team.  Assistant Librarian Amy Groome said, "It's been wonderful to see young people learn so much about marketing and product creation, and really develop their social confidence with shoppers around."

A six-week after-school course at the library helped the young creators to refine their ideas and learn the basic skills required to calculate change, decorate a stall and attract the eye of potential shoppers. The 30 young stall holders made products as diverse as soap, leather work, tote bags, hair scrunchies, donuts and even slime.

Based on the level of interest and support from the families and youth involved, there is a good chance that the success of the market could make it a regular event.