Meet new li­brar­ian now in Horowhenua

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By PAM COLE­MAN Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Li­brar­ian

If you visit any of our li­braries this month you will hear the dul­cet Scot­tish tones of our new Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Li­brar­ian, Pam Cole­man.

Pam is from Glas­gow, Scot­land and has lived in New Zealand for 10 years now. She has a back­ground in ed­u­ca­tion and has worked in li­braries for the last five years.

Pam will be part of the team re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing and sup­port­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in all of our li­braries in Horowhenua. Here's an in­tro­duc­tion from Pam.

“I have al­ways loved the li­brary. I am from a big, bustling city, Glas­gow, on the other side of the world. As a child I would read amaz­ing sto­ries which opened up a whole new world to me. It made me ad­ven­tur­ous and keen to ex­plore. Now I am liv­ing in this beau­ti­ful new coun­try New Zealand, with new won­ders, lan­guage and taonga to ex­plore.

As a teacher I quickly re­alised how im­por­tant it is for fam­i­lies to share in a love of read­ing and vis­it­ing li­braries to­gether.

As well as teach­ing my class of 8 year olds, I looked af­ter the school li­brary and opened it up to fam­i­lies in the Porirua Com­mu­nity, mak­ing sure we had plenty of books, not only writ­ten in Ma¯ ori and English, but books from Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Is­lands for every­one to en­joy.

I most en­joy be­ing out and about in the com­mu­nity and down in the li­brary help­ing peo­ple with com­puter is­sues or talk­ing about what to read next.

It's re­ally im­por­tant to me to en­cour­age and sup­port peo­ple of all ages to learn new skills and dis­cover more about the world around them.

Life­long learn­ing can be learn­ing to draw, use a com­puter or even learn­ing to sing. You can find books and peo­ple to help you in the li­brary. Singing in the book aisles is op­tional!

I love to read — fan­tasy ad­ven­ture, scifi, zom­bie hor­ror and graphic nov­els, but you'll equally find me read­ing clas­sic lit­er­a­ture or chil­dren's fic­tion.

I have re­ally en­joyed dis­cov­er­ing New Zealand fic­tion these past years too.”

Pam will be based in Te Tak­ere­tanga o Kura-hau-po¯ , Shan­non or Te Awa­hou Nieuwe St­room. Say hello or share your top 10 favourite reads on our Face­book page.

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