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Small community libraries to increase under the Books4Tonga initiative

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 10/07/2019

The Books4Tonga initiative has shown successful results in the establishing of small community libraries not only on Tongatapu but in the outer islands as well.

The purpose of the village library is to help locals improve their English reading, writing and speaking by having access to books.

Lavinia Pohahau who assists Book4Tonga says this initiative is very helpful for the people in the participating villages. It caters for preschoolers, early readers, teens, and adults. Pohahau says there are fiction and non-fiction books, all of good quality, from New Zealand and Australia.

With the success of the community libraries so far, the initiative is set to expand with Books4Tonga looking to set up libraries in 25 more villages in Tonga.

Each library receives 320 books to start with. The libraries are hosted either in a local person’s home, or in a village hall, and are open at least twice a week for anyone to use. The books are not supplied to schools because the B4T libraries are aimed at all ages in the community, from preschoolers to adults, and are open in non-school hours.

The Founder, Wallis Barnicoat hopes that with these libraries people will understand the importance of reading and how it helps people to have a better future, and encouraged people to use the library!

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