Hopes for young read­ers

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

THE li­brary is a place for young and old, says a New Nor­folk li­brar­ian who’s been se­lected as a fi­nal­ist for a State Gov­ern­ment award for ex­cel­lence and in­no­va­tion in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.

Gail Wil­son first started as a li­brar­ian in New Nor­folk in 2016 but in re­cent months she’s be­gun a new chap­ter, teach­ing oth­ers skills in adult lit­er­acy.

The Der­went Val­ley mother of two said it had been a long road to get to where she is to­day.

“When I was a sin­gle par­ent com­ing over from the UK, school hadn’t been a good jour­ney for me,” she said. “Re­turn­ing to ed­u­ca­tion as an adult has re­ally taught me that, although it can be tough, you can get there, you just have to dream.”

The En­gag­ing Our Learn­ers award nom­i­nee said it was re­ward­ing to teach adults skills in lit­er­acy but said she wanted to see more kids come through the li­brary doors.

“Our main de­mo­graphic is the older client but word from a num­ber of visi­tors is that they en­joy see­ing chil­dren en­gage with the li­brary,” she said.

“We’re see­ing the li­brary val­ued and grow­ing more and more, but it would be great to see more school kids come in to change the at­ti­tude that it’s a ‘quiet place’.”

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