18. Hansi Samarawickrama
Hansi arrived in Australia in 2014 on a Friday. On the following Monday, she signed up at her library to become a member.
Hansi knew that the library was a hub of community connection and was very aware that as a new arrival she may become overwhelmed and feel very isolated.
At the library, she found a notice about a new arrivals group that met at a nearby church. Through this group she met a core group of friends and was able to find her first job here in Australia.
“The Library has been a great friend of myself in many ways.”
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