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Samantha Knowles - Marketing and Cultural Events Assistant

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Rachel Hutchison - Library and Museum Assistant

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The Xanana Gusmão Reading Room (XGRR) was established in June 2000 to serve as a safe place where children, youth, students and the public at large could access books and resources with a view to fostering a love of reading within the community.  Over its 12 years of activities, the XGRR has contributed significantly to library development in Timor-Leste and has hosted a range of educational and other activities aimed at nurturing pride in East Timorese culture and promoting skills development.

The XGRR “recognises the importance of, and strongly supports the development of a public library service to inform and educate all Timorese people.  It acknowledges the valuable role libraries increasingly play in communities around the world in promoting life-long learning and providing a safe public space.”