Local Heroes - Sally Francis Simpson

Sally Simpson and colleague Zainab Mulla

Sally Simpson and colleague Zainab Mulla

After the recent announcement of the “Fit for future” restructure at Auckland Libraries, we thought it would be a great time to remind you of Sally, one of our first local heroes.

As a senior library assistant in Mt Albert, Auckland, Sally works with everyone from babies to adults, helping to build a love of learning amongst her whole community.

“One of the things that I’m really passionate about is when you see kids fostering that love of reading,” says Sally, who has spent seven years working at the library and seeing her community thrive.

“When they’re very little just seeing their love of books come alive, then watching them over the years as they grow up, some of the kids here I’ve known since they were babies and I’ve watched them go through their stages of development, seeing their love of reading grow.”

With The Stand Together Campaign we are highlighting the importance of all the work that each and every one of our members do, and Auckland Libraries is a shining example of this.

"We recognise that libraries are changing given the rise of digital technology, and that the role of librarians is changing with them. However, they arguably now serve an even more important role in facilitating access to the digital world and acting as cultural hubs within the wider community." Glenn Barclay PSA Secretariat

The recent announcement in Auckland Libraries highlight that while things are changing we need to ensure that amazing members like Sally have the support they need to provide services for all New Zealanders use.

This campaign is for all New Zealanders and you can you help it grow share the Stand Together Page with your friends and family.

Want to be a local hero or know someone who’s doing great work for your community? Let us know and be in to win some awesome Stand Together swag. Email us a selfie and tell us why you or your nominated person’s amazing and we’ll profile them here.