Hopes for young readers
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’.”