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Library team members, (l-r)Tahlia Scherger, Kahlua Charlton and Cate Duroux with the new Aboriginal Collection signage featuring ‘Islands of Breimba’ and some of the books in the collection. Image: Contributed.

You’re invited to celebrate NAIDOC week at your library

This NAIDOC week Clarence Regional Library is proud to launch a new look for the library’s Aboriginal Collection featuring the work ‘Islands of Breimba’ by local Bundjalung/Gumbaynggirr artist Danielle Gorogo.

You’re invited to join Ms Gorogo and the library team at Grafton Library on Thursday at 11:00am to launch the new Aboriginal Collection branding, celebrate NAIDOC week and what the theme of Always Was, Always Will Be means to our region. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available.

‘Islands of Breimba’ was the winning entry in Clarence Regional Library’s call to local Aboriginal artists to design a new image to reflect the Aboriginal collection. The competition was launched on Close the Gap Day in March.

‘‘Islands of Breimba’ is about the Mighty Clarence River which is the path the spirit Ancestors took from the mountains down to the ocean and the islands that were created during that journey,” Ms Gorogo said.

Regional Librarian, Kathryn Breward said, ‘We are thrilled to have our Aboriginal Collection represented by this artwork that reflects our Aboriginal community.’

‘We encourage people to explore our Aboriginal Collection, not only during NAIDOC week, but all year round,’ Mrs Breward said. ‘It’s a diverse collection including fiction, non fiction, local history, and children’s stories, and is available at your local library.’

How Clarence Valley libraries are celebrating NAIDOC week:

  • Acknowledgement of Country signage has been installed at all libraries.
  • Films are playing at all libraries featuring: Clarence Valley students talking about NAIDOC Week and the theme, Always Was, Always Will Be; and, a Dreamtime Storytime filmed on Yaegl Country with Kahlua Charlton.
  • You can also watch the films on Clarence Regional Library’s YouTube channel.
  • Colouring-in, 3d printing and cultural crafts.
  • Storytime with Kahlua Charlton at Grafton Library, Thursday 10:30am.
  • Official launch of Aboriginal Collection branding with artist, Danielle Gorogo, Thursday, 11:15pm at Grafton Library.