Wominjeka, welcome, to Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library.
Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library offers a range of programs and services to stimulate lifelong learning and creativity for adults, young people and children alike.
These include digital literacy programs, regular children’s storytime sessions, creative programs and events, including author talks, panel discussions, films and music performances as well as events in community languages.
The library has a range of flexible learning spaces, which can be used for quiet study or group discussions.
Where is Bargoonga Nganjin located?
When is Bargoonga Nganjin open?
The area now known as the City of Yarra stands on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people.
Their connection to the land and its waterways extends back tens of thousands of years to the beginning of time when their creator spirit Bunjil formed the land and all living things.
Colonial settlement impacted heavily on the Wurundjeri, but they survived and the strong bonds between families and clans could not be broken. It is a testament to the ongoing strength of the Wurundjeri people that Wurundjeri Elders continue to make us welcome on their traditional lands.
As well as the Wurundjeri, there are many other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are connected to this area. From the 1920s onwards, the suburb of Fitzroy in particular became an important meeting place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from tribes around Victoria and beyond, and the social and political hub of Aboriginal Melbourne.
Today this area continues to be a place of gathering, with the library at the heart, where everyone is welcome to come together, share and learn.
What does Bargoonga Nganjin mean?
Bargoonga Nganjin means ‘Gather Everybody’ in Woiwurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri people.
It is pronounced Bar-goon-ga Narn-yin. Watch the video below to hear it pronounced.