LIBRARY EXPANDS LANGUAGE OFFERING
SHEPPARTON LIBRARY EXPANDS COLLECTION OF BOOKS IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH
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.
Excited: Goulburn Valley Libraries staff member Cindy Decker is pleased with the expanded community language section at Shepparton Library.