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Auburn Library Open Day Held for Nepalese Community 

Local Nepalese Community Members attending Cumberland City Council Auburn Library Open Day
Local Nepalese Community Members attending Cumberland City Council Auburn Library Open Day Photo: Rishi Acharya

Sydney, 22 October, The Western Sydney based Cumberland Council Library held Auburn Library open day program for the Nepalese community. 20 leading members of Nepalese community visited the library.

 

The members of Nepalese community were provided useful information about available facilities, different sections of books, the way of getting a membership, and online resources.

 

The appeal of the community to the Library

 

Representing the local Nepalese community, the community campaigner Dinesh Pokharel requested the library to establish Nepali book section and deliver the storytime in the Nepali language for the kids. Another local resident Shashi Rai made a suggestion that the library should appoint Nepalese-speaking volunteers and staff.

 

The locality based NGO Accessible Diversity Services Initiative (ADSI) organised the program in collaboration with Cumberland Council and the local Nepalese community.

 

The program was coordinated by the leading community worker Rishi Acharya. Also, present on the occasion were the local resident and the advisor of Auburn Nepalese Society Dinesh Pokharel, Vice President Raju Giri, the patron of Auburn Nepalese Guardian Society Shashi Rai, Secretary Khem Aryal, the editor of Nepalese Australian Manarishi Dhital, journalist Sarita Dhakal, and significant numbers of local senior guardians.

 

First-time Nepalese books in Auburn Library

Nepalese Collection at Cumberland City Council Auburn Library Photo: Rishi Acharya
Nepalese Collection at Cumberland City Council Auburn Library Photo: Rishi Acharya

Among a dozen branches of Cumberland Library, Auburn Library is situated in the suburb with a dense population of Nepalese.

 

Information was flowed that though there was no permanent Nepalese section in the library, the books were made available by courtesy of  New South Wales State Library which they hope will continue.

 

Included in the Auburn library are a wide range of books penned by the renowned writers Khagendra Shangroula, Kishor Nepal, Sharada Sharma and Kedar Pokharel who has made Australia the land for his writing.

 

Nepalese community is the fastest-growing emerging community in Australia and according to the 2016 census, Nepalese are among the five largest ancestries in Auburn.