Gunnedah Shire Library Recognized for Community Engagement


Gunnedah’s multi-award-winning library has once again added to its accolades.

The Gunnedah Shire Library received an Innovation in Outreach Services award for a paper folding activity for Fairytale February, and a Highly Commended for Multicultural Excellence for its Multicultural March event.

The NSW Public Libraries Association awards were announced at the Switch 2022 conference last week, attended by Librarian Christiane Birkett, Library Assistant Gina Torrens and Councilor Ann Luke.

Ms. Birkett said it was wonderful to see the efforts and creativity of library staff recognized once again.

“It was very exciting to see the work of our staff recognized at the NSW Public Libraries Association’s annual conference,” she said.

“Our staff are always trying to think of new and exciting ways to engage and collaborate with the community, and Fairytale February and Multicultural March are great examples of this.”

In Fairytale February, staff encouraged residents to learn the art of paper folding while reusing old books. The craftsmanship was popular with all ages and individuals, groups and organizations contributed to an exhibition that included fairy houses and Hagrid’s Cottage from Harry Potter.

The Multicultural Walk was a month-long event highlighting and celebrating multiculturalism in Gunnedah County through library events. The library received a special recognition award for the event at the Local Government Awards in August.

During the month the library was transformed into a colorful multicultural space and staff collaborated with the Multicultural Women’s Association whose members read children’s stories and share their culture in their own language as part of the Book Buddies program .

During the month, six languages ​​– Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Malay, Maori and Korean – featured in the program, which attracted record numbers, including children from local preschools.

Cr Ann Luke said it was fantastic to see the Shire Library back in the spotlight.

“I want to congratulate Christiane and her team for their continued work in this vibrant community space,” she said.

“Our library staff always demonstrate ingenuity, creativity and ingenuity in the activities and events they design and organize, and they deserve all the accolades.

“The library has something for all ages and provides so many great services to our residents. He continues to be an invaluable asset to our community.

Caption: Gunnedah Shire Library Assistant Gina Torrens, Gunnedah Shire Librarian Christiane Birkett and Gunnedah Shire Advisor Ann Luke at the Switch 2022 conference.

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