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Jakarta Post

Scavenging for a children’s library

  • Ruslan Sangadji

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 14 2016   /  09:42 am

Piles of books in a modest room have brought great pleasure for young minds hungry for more pages to read.As the sun was setting in Palu, Central Sulawesi, four boys were choosing which books to read from untidy heaps packed against the wall in a small room measuring only 4 by 3 meters.

The children, after finally finding books of their interest, Lingu, 11, Ojo, 11, and Yohannes, 9, reclined on the carpet while Fardan Abdillah, 15, sat on an old sofa, reading Doraemon comics, a forest conservation book and other titles. A moment later, six other boys joined them, barely leaving any free space in the small room.

The books in the mini library belong to Rini Rimbing and her husband Robi Pantolemba, a couple who live in an alley on Jl. Bali in Lolu subdistrict, East Palu. The books are not from bookstores or donations, but were collected from scavenges by the couple and others ...