Boost books for ‘fastest growing’ community group

A FEW more Nepali language books are on the shelf at the Auburn Library and there could be more to come.

The Accessible Diversity Services Initiative (ADSI) and Auburn Library jointly organised an open day for about 20 members of the local Nepalese community last week.
ADSI assistant manager settlement and engagement, Aynalem Tessema, said the Nepalese community was the fastest growing emerging community in Australia, and according to 2016 census, they were among the five largest ancestries in Auburn.
“The library is a very good place for people to connect,” she said.
“It is a good information source and it encourages a feeling of belongingness.
“A lot of people living around Auburn are not familiar with the services available to them.”
Mrs Tessema said during the visit, members of Nepalese community were provided useful information about available facilities, different sections of the library, how to get a membership and the online resources available.
“Local Nepalese community members requested the library management to establish a Nepalese collection and a story time in Nepali language for the kids,” she said.
“The management promised to do more, and also noted that for the first time they have secured Nepali books from the NSW State Library which they hope will continue.”