LI­BRARY EX­PANDS LAN­GUAGE OF­FER­ING

SHEPPARTON LI­BRARY EX­PANDS COLLECTION OF BOOKS IN LAN­GUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Sion­nie Kelly

Goul­burn Val­ley Li­braries has in­creased its com­mu­nity lan­guage sec­tion to in­cor­po­rate a more di­verse range of lan­guages.

About 500 new items have been added to the ex­ist­ing collection, mean­ing there are now 1606 books for adults and 447 chil­dren’s books avail­able to bor­row in a range of dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

Goul­burn Val­ley Li­braries’s tech­ni­cal ser­vices man­ager Cindy Decker said lan­guages in the collection in­cluded Ara­bic, Hindi, Per­sian, Gu­jarati, Farsi, French, Ital­ian, Pan­jabi and Chi­nese.

‘‘We know that the com­mu­nity is chang­ing — here in Shepparton par­tic­u­larly but across the re­gion — and we wanted to try and en­sure that the collection re­ally re­flected the com­mu­nity that are here so peo­ple can read in their own lan­guage,’’ she said.

‘‘To pur­chase these items we looked at our data­base of reg­is­tered clients and looked at the lan­guages they had listed as be­ing their na­tive lan­guage.’’

A launch to cel­e­brate the collection was re­cently held at Shepparton Li­brary and pro­vided or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the English Con­ver­sa­tion Group with the chance to see what was on of­fer.

Ms Decker said peo­ple were en­cour­aged to come in to Shepparton Li­brary — where the books were mainly shelved — and take a look at the ex­panded collection.

She said peo­ple could also speak to some­one at the front counter or go on­line at www. gvrl.swft.ent.sir­si­dynix. net.au/client/en_AU/gvrl and re­quest more books in dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

Pic­ture: Julie Mercer

Ex­cited: Goul­burn Val­ley Li­braries staff mem­ber Cindy Decker is pleased with the ex­panded com­mu­nity lan­guage sec­tion at Shepparton Li­brary.

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