Auckland Libraries have been recognised for an “outstanding contribution to NZ Diversity Action programme” by the Human Rights Commission.
The award recognises the services and programmes libraries offer that and celebrate the region’s diverse ethnic community.
The commission recently announced the winners of 2011 New Zealand Diversity Awards at the conclusion of its Human Diversity Forum in Hamilton.
The forum brings together community groups, government and business organisations to share experience and work related to race relations and diversity.
The commission recognised Auckland Libraries’ as being inclusive and responsive to the needs of residents, diverse ethnic and community groups and organisations.
“We are delighted to have been recognised, especially for our dedicated multicultural services team who work hard to ensure we offer services and information that cater for all Aucklanders,” says Abigael Vogt, multicultural service development team leader, Auckland Libraries.
Examples of library programmes offered are Samoan storytimes, computer classes in Mandarin, read aloud sessions for migrants and book groups. Events such as Chinese New Year, Diwali, Samoan and Maori Language weeks, World Refugee Day, Matariki, Waitangi Day and Pasifika are highlights of Auckland Libraries’ events calendar.
Auckland Libraries is a network of 54 libraries in locations from Wellsford to Pukekohe and four mobile libraries.It also works with 14 rural volunteer libraries across the region.