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Gunnedah Shire Library awarded for community engagement

14 November, 2022

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

Gunnedah Shire Library received an Innovation in Outreach Services award for a book 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 Councillor Ann Luke.

Mrs Birkett said it was wonderful to see the efforts and creativity of the Library staff recognised once again.

“It was very exciting to see the work of our staff acknowledged at the NSW Public Libraries Association 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 book paper folding while repurposing old books. The handicraft was popular with all ages and individuals, groups and organisations contributed works to a display which included fairy houses and Hagrid’s Cottage from Harry Potter.   

Multicultural March was a month-long event highlighting and celebrating multiculturalism within the Gunnedah Shire through library events. The Library received a Special Acknowledgement award for the event at the Local Government Awards in August.

During the month, the library was transformed into a colourful multicultural space and staff collaborated with the Multicultural Women’s Association whose members read children’s stories and shared their culture in their own languages in the Book Buddies program.

Over the course of the month, six languages - Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Malay, Maori and Korean – featured in the program, which attracted record numbers, including children from local pre-schools.

Cr Ann Luke said it was fantastic to see the Shire’s library back in the spotlight.

“I’d like to congratulate Christiane and her team for their ongoing work in this dynamic community space,” she said.

“Our library staff always demonstrate ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness in the activities and events they design and deliver, and they are deserving of every accolade.

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

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


For more information, contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Communications team on (02) 6740 2100.