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First storybook in Indigenous languages

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The State Library of NSW has kicked-off its NAIDOC Week (3 to 9 July 2017) celebrations  by launching a new free online storybook written and spoken in five Aboriginal languages from across NSW.

The heart-warming story titled My Weekend with Pop - Stories in Aboriginal Languages has been told in Paakantyi, Gamilaraay, Dharawal, Wiradjuri, Gumbaynggirr. Each edition includes audio of community members telling the story in language, with English translations available as well.

“This is a wonderful resource. While designed for school students with accompanying learning tools, all five stories are freely available to anyone wanting to learn more about these Indigenous languages,” says acting NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive, Lucy Milne.

The State Library partnered with community members as well as the Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to develop My weekend with Pop. The story also features beautiful illustrations by Aboriginal artist and designer Lucy Simpson.

Download full media release (PDF 234KB)