Wagga Wagga City Library will host a Punjabi community morning tea this morning, Saturday, December 4.
The morning tea will start at 10.30am and conclude at noon.
This event celebrates the successful partnership between the local Punjabi community, Wagga Wagga City Library, the State Library of NSW, and CSU's School of Social Work and Arts, and the School of Information and Communication Studies.
This partnership included a research project titled 'Embracing the cultural identity of burgeoning ethnic groups in regional public libraries: A pilot project with the Punjabi Indians'.
The project, funded by the State Library of NSW, was designed to promote and embrace Punjabi cultural identity through the public library service.
Research was undertaken by Charles Sturt University's Dr Sabine Wardle and Dr Kasey Garrison.
The project's activities included the acquisition of 136 Punjabi books, chosen by the community, and purchased by the State Library of NSW and Charles Sturt University.
These titles cover topics ranging from history and fiction to poetry, cooking, and children's stories.
The library also hosted weekly meetings of two groups: a women's craft group, and a Punjabi Children's Language class for children aged 4-11 years.
The library has a proud history of multicultural collections and programs, including the Language Café and Tech Savvy Communities classes delivered in Arabic, Dari and Yezidi.
The Punjabi community morning tea is the culmination of a partnership welcoming Punjabi community members into library spaces, to meet and to share their culture with the wider community.
All are welcome to attend this free morning tea, but anyone over 12 years old must wear a face mask while in the library, and anyone over the age of 16 years old must show a vaccination certificate or an exemption upon entry to the library.
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