On Saturday 6th June 30 members and other interested people met at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate to hear two writers who are actively writing for Maori and Pasifika children, and to share ideas for making our libraries more welcoming and comfortable for our Maori students in particular.
Bevis Hanson writes his scary stories for all ages, but particularly young children. He started telling stories to the young children who came into his Otara Public Library because there were few books that grabbed their attention. He shared some of his stories with us, amazing to see a room full of librarians enjoying a picture book told with drama and excitement! And the free books were great too.
We were then privileged to hear Pam Lilley, Library Manager at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate. She presented the research she has done on changing her library to make it more inclusive for her Maori students. Also present was Whaea Rowena, who added valuable insights into the needs of Maori students.
Pam offered some suggestions for becoming more inclusive, including