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Reconciliation Week in the Library

The Ruyton Library aims to be an inclusive, safe and welcoming space for all cultures and acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which Ruyton Library stands. We pay respect to the Wurundjeri Elders, who were also the first storytellers of this nation. 

This year, National Reconciliation Week was held Saturday 26 May to Friday 31 May. The week began with Sorry Day on the Saturday and the week continued with messages of Reconciliation that demonstrated this year’s theme ‘ Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage’.   

During Reconciliation Week, our Early Learning and Junior School Library programmes consisted of talking about what  Reconciliation means and discussing the importance of Sorry Day through picture story books, including: 

as well as celebrating Indigenous culture with books such as: 

You may wish to further explore themes of Reconciliation and Indigenous culture at home. Below are some examples of Indigenous storytelling and resources for diversity:  

  • Story Box Library presents Indigenous Storytime: 

Click here to read about this important project and here to access the Indigenous stories and storytellers   (Username: RGS Password: Ruyton).  

  • Diversity in Children’s Literature:  

Click here to read award-winning Teacher Librarian Megan Daley’s views on diversity in children’s literature and here to access the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature Cultural Diversity Database.

  • Kinderling - What all kids can learn from Indigenous Storytelling:  

Click here for a conversation with John Patten, manager of the Bunjilaka Culture Centre at Melbourne. 

  • The Conversation - Indigenous Picture Books: Offering Windows into Worlds: 

Click here to read a short review on a number of wonderful Indigenous stories and find out more about Australia’s leading Indigenous publisher Magabala Books

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