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Katherine Town Council celebrates Harmony Day

posted 21-Mar-2018

Multicutralism was alive and well this morning with the Katherine Public Library celebrating Harmony Day. Local Author Penny Byrne was invited to read to the youngsters, showcasing one of her seven published books, Dragonfly.


“Being involved with Harmony Day, is about cultural individuality and belonging. Being originally from New Zealand and now living in the Katherine nursing quarters, I felt there was a great difference to what I had previously experienced” said Ms Byrne. Part of her learning about Katherine’s local environment, came through taking photos of her exploring around Katherine. “I saw a gap in the local literature and photos available so I decided to publish my first book. “The books also serve as great souvenirs, as Katherine has a diverse range of tourists, as many can’t speak English. The more photos I took, the more interest it generated and people asked me what else there was to do in Katherine. I even ventured into bird tour guiding” continued Ms Byrne.


 “Thank you so much for the opportunity to use Storytime as a platform for me to present my books. Being Harmony Day today, it also gives me a sense of belonging in the Community of Katherine” the New Zealand native said.


All Ms Brynes books are NT focused and depict images where people can gain a wider understanding and sense of what it is like to live in the Katherine region. This includes, two (2) books about the Top End and Central Australia on a shoestring, where all activities cost next to nothing to do. The Bush Tucker book is designed for the ordinary person and what they can eat and use in the bush.


All Ms Brynes books are available for $10 at the Katherine Visitor Information Centre, the Godinmayin Yijards Rivers Arts & Centre, the Katherine Museum and Marksie’s Camp Tucker night.


Storytime is held every Wednesday 10.30 – 11.30am for 3-5 year old. All welcome. For more information on Storytime or to find out more information on what is happening at the library please contact the Katherine Public Library or follow Katherine Public Library on Facebook.